Wednesday, 9 September 2015


10 facts about Britain's longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Britain's longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth the II is set to become the longest reigning British monarch in history,superceding the record set by her great grand mother Victoria.On Wednesday 9 September,the Queen will have reigned for a record breaking 63 years and 7 months.Queen Victoria reigned for 22,226 days,16 hours and 23 minutes and between the pair they would have reigned for 125 years.
Queen Elizabeth 11 acceded to the throne aged 25,following the death of her father,King
George, on 6th February 1952.On the anniversary of accesision.Here are 10 facts you might not know about Britain's longest reigning reigning royal,Queen Elizabeth 11.

 Queen Elizabeth II.

  • The Queen's coronation took place on 2 July 1953 and began at 11.15am, lasting almost three hours until it concluded at 2pm.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.
  • Coronation chicken was invented for the foreign guests who were to be entertained after the coronation ceremony. Often eaten as a sandwich filling, it consists of chicken meat, raisins, herbs and spices with a mayonnaise-based sauce.

  • On coronation day, Her Majesty wore the George IV State Diadem, which features 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls.
  • During her reign, The Queen has undertaken over 256 official overseas visits to 129 different countries.
  • An estimated 27 million people in Britain watched the Queen's coronation ceremony on TV and 11 million listened on the radio.
  • The Queen speaks fluent French and often uses the language for state visits without using an interpreter.
  • During her reign of over six decades, the Queen has received various unusual gifts, including a variety of wild animals – many of which have been placed in London Zoo. Among her presents are jaguars, sloths and black beavers. Queen Elizabeth II has also received snail shells, pineapples and a grove of maple trees.
  • The Queen is patron of more than 620 charities and organisations.


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