Wednesday, September 9 , Queen Elizabeth II is about to become , the British monarch in the longest reign . In 63 years of exercising power , she has seen thirteen Premiers , lived the final years of Joseph Stalin , the mandates of General de Gaulle , John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Bill Clinton , George Bush (father and son ) Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, according to a BBC computer graphics . Compilations of anecdotes about her reign are legion.
There are over 20 wax statues of Queen Elizabeth II
The famous wax museum in London , Madame Tussauds , has more than twenty wax statues of Queen. The first dates from 1928 , representing the Princess Elizabeth at the age of two years , said the British daily The Guardian. The last statue was unveiled in 2012, and is based on a photo taken in 2001. Its construction has cost 150,000 pounds. An exercise ” extremely exciting ” but also ” scary ” , explained at the time the main sculptor museum British newspaper .
Queen Elizabeth owns all the swans in the UK
Theoretically, the Queen of England owns all wild swans in the kingdom since the twelfth century . Each year, the authorities even conduct a census of all the swans on the River Thames in the counties of Surrey , Buckinghamshire , Berkshire , Oxfordshire, and the former county of Middlesex. In addition, the Queen also owns certain fish and marine mammals in the waters surrounding the UK since the fourteenth century .
In 2004 , a fisherman of Wales was caught in a curious affair after catching a sturgeon (very rare in UK waters ) . A coastguard had then told the BBC that the fisherman had to request authorization to the queen if he wished to keep for himself ( usually granted authorization).
Her husband, Prince Philip, is also her cousin
The queen and her husband Philip , Duke of Edinburgh , are third cousins and share the same great-great – grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert . As stated in Vanity Fair, inbreeding was still very common in European royal families.
They know in 1939, at a luncheon after having crossed twice when they were younger . ” Lilibet ” – the childhood nickname of the queen, who could not pronounce her name correctly – then aged 13 , ” has not left eye ,” recalls the ruling of the queen, Marion Crawford . They then began a correspondence of several years. She accepts his marriage proposal in the summer of 1946, without consulting her parents. The engagement of Elizabeth is not formalized by majority.
This is a queen of the TV series
Queen Elizabeth II cultivates a fervor for television series, and does not hesitate to visit the sets to talk to the actors. The June 24, 2014 , she has visited the sets of the Game of Thrones series in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1982 , it is the queen herself who opened the sets of Coronation Street series in the city center of Manchester. The Telegraph also recalls that she visited the trays or Eastenders Emmerdale series.
She was a mechanic during the Second World War
In April 1942, Elizabeth Windsor, who is still princess, joined the military service of women in the British Army and became a second lieutenant, equivalent to the rank of lieutenant in the French army . In London, it is formed to mechanics and learns to drive, as related by the Daily Express in a series of photographs.
She has a weakness for corgis
Queen Elizabeth II is known for his love of dogs, especially the breed of Welsh Pembroke Corgis . They make such a video appeared in the 2012 Olympic Games, in which the actor Daniel Craig plays the role of James Bond and escort the queen to the stadium. ” Within living memory , no world leader has been largely associated with a particular animal as Elizabeth II was with her corgis ,” wrote a journalist from Vanity Fair this summer in an article devoted to famous dogs. According to the magazine , the queen corgis managed a breeding program based in Windsor since the 1950s .