The Lady Speaks

Long Live the Queen

Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is 80 today. She has been Queen for the past 54 years, and needs only another decade to beat Queen Victoria's record reign of 64 years.

While I'm not a huge fan of royals, I do have a great admiration for a woman who became became one of the world's earliest and best-known working mothers.

A few interesting facts about the Queen, from 80 Facts about The Queen:

The Queen is patron of more than 620 charities and organisations.

The Queen's real birthday is on April 21, but it is celebrated officially in June.

Every year The Queen sends Christmas trees to Westminster Abbey, Wellington Barracks, St Paul's Cathedral, St Giles, Edinburgh, The Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Crathie Church and local schools and churches in the Sandringham area.

The Queen learnt to drive in 1945 when she joined the Army.

The Queen was a Girl Guide (1937) and Sea Ranger (1943).

The Queen sent her first email in 1976 from an Army base.

History was made in 1982 when Pope John Paul II visited Britain, the first Pope to do so for 450 years. The Queen, Titular Head of the Church of England, received him at Buckingham Palace.

Send the Queen a birthday email here!

More on the Queen's birthday here and here and here and here.


April 21, 2006 - Posted by | Britain, Queen Elizabeth II, Royals

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