10 fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth II
Whether you’re a supporter of the royal family or not, there’s no denying that our Queen is an incredible woman.
Her Majesty addressed the nation twice during the height of the pandemic and moved us to tears with her powerful words. And more recently, we saw her confidently riding her horse around the grounds of Windsor Castle. She is 94!
Saturday 13th June 2020 marks the Queens official birthday. Usually, this day would be celebrated with the rest of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour parade. We’d see her wave from the balcony at the hundreds of well wishers lining The Mall as the Red Arrows wow us all with a flypast.
This year, the much-anticipated pomp will instead be replaced by a small military ceremony at Windsor Castle, where the Queen is currently in isolation with the Duke of Edinburgh – who celebrates his 99th birthday on the 10th of June.
You can watch the ceremony live at 10:30am on BBC One. We’ll be watching, but to pay our own special respects to Her Majesty, we’ve pulled together these 10 fun and fascinating facts about the Queen.
- She is the longest-reigning monarch in British history
- The Queen is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a licence, and she doesn’t need a passport to travel
- During the Second World War, she performed in a number of pantomimes with Princess Margaret
- During this time, she joined the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service where she trained as a mechanic and truck driver
- The Queen used ration coupons to buy the material for her wedding dress in 1947
- During her reign, the Queen has given more than 90,000 Christmas puddings to her staff
- She has owned over 30 corgis – the first in 1944 named Susan
- As a child she was tutored at home and given private religion lessons from the Archbishop of Canterbury
- Prince Philip is her third cousin and they first met when the Queen was 8 years old
- And one for the accountants…she doesn’t have to pay tax, but chooses to anyway
“At Public Practice Recruitment Ltd this year, we were excited to see the Queen advertise for a management accountant. A permanent role based at Buckingham Palace with a salary of £40k. The successful candidate required outstanding problem-solving skills and to be adept at handling multiple deadlines.
The advert also said that the successful candidate would be joining a diverse and experienced financial team with unique variety.
Wow! What a role! We’d love to say that we filled it ourselves but sadly no this time! Still, it’s always encouraging to see the demand for accountants in the UK.”
Garry Howling, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd
If you’re searching for a role fit for a Queen (or King) start your search today!