Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip, are distantly related. They both share the same great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria I.
Queen Elizabeth II has sent about 110,000 telegrams to people celebrating their 100th birthdays, and over 520,000 telegrams to couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
During WWII, Buckingham Palace and its grounds were struck on sixteen separate occasions. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I were residing in the Palace during several of the strikes, but were never injured.
Prince Charles’ sister gave him a white leather toilet seat as a joke for Christmas. He thought it was so comfortable that he now brings it with him wherever he goes.
The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King. The Queen gets the tail. This law was created in 1324 to ensure that the Queen had enough bones for her corsets.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is related to George Washington. They share a common ancestor from the 15th century, Sir William Gascoigne, making them eighth cousins, eight times removed.
No Roman Catholic, or anyone married to a Roman Catholic, can hold the English Crown. The Sovereign must swear to maintain the Church of England.
Every afternoon, Queen Elizabeth has some servants catch bats that nest up in the rafters of the Great Hall in Buckingham Palace.They release the bats, but since they always return at night, this process is a daily one.
Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, Princess Anne, competed in the 1976 Olympics. She competed on the British team while riding the Queen’s horse, Goodwill.
After the first moon landing on July 21, 1969, Queen Elizabeth sent a congratulations note to the astronauts while they were still in space. The message was microfilmed and left on the moon in a metal container.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday twice a year. Her actual birthday is April 21, but she also has another birthday celebration in June called “The Trooping of the Colors”.
It is illegal to die inside the British Parliament.
The Royal Family isn’t allowed to play Monopoly. When Price Andrew was presented with the game at a luncheon, he remarked, “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”
Buckingham palace has approximately 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal & guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
It’s an act of treason to place a stamp of the King or Queen upside down on an envelope.
Only the Queen was allowed to pet her beloved pet Corgis.