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90 Mind blowing facts about the queen

With Queen Elizabeth II turning 90 this year, we're already waiting with baited breath to see what dazzling spectacles will be part of the celebrations. Already into her 64th year on the throne, we're delighted to see that turning the big 9-0 isn't slowing her down, and are hoping for many more brilliant years as Her Majesty's loyal subjects.

But have you ever wondered about the woman behind the crown? To commemorate her birthday, we've put together a list of 90 facts about our favourite monarch. From her likes and dislikes, to some truly notable achievements, our Queen Liz really has lived an interesting life! Here are a selection of some of the most mind-blowing facts: God Save the Queen!

90 Amazing Facts About the Queen

Despite her love of dogs, she is allergic to cats.
She has been known to swear on occasion, but rather wisely keeps all of her bad language to words beginning with 'b'.
Her Majesty has been known to do spot on impersonations of well-known statesmen and public figures with her closest friends and family.
The Queen has never worn a pair of jeans.
She communicates secret signals to her staff using her handbag. If it's held in the crook of her arm, all is well. When she wants to move on, she significantly drops it to her side. When the Queen is ready to leave a lunch or dinner she places the bag on the table, and when she's bored and wants to be rescued, she puts it on the floor.
In recent years, she is said to have been 'addicted' to the Nintendo Wii, after Kate Middleton bought one for Prince William.
She is a fan of Bombay Mix.
Windsor Castle lies underneath Heathrow's flightpath, and Her Majesty can recognise different types of aeroplane simply by their roars.
Despite her enormous wealth, the Queen can be fairly frugal. She often directs her staff to mend worn-out curtains, bedsheets and carpets, and absolutely hates wasting food.
Her real birthday is the 21st April, which she enjoys privately at home. However, the occasion is marked by gun salutes in central London at midday.
The correct formal address on presentation to the Queen is 'Your Majesty', followed from then on with 'Ma'am'.
However, Princes William and Harry have confirmed that they just call her 'Granny'.
Whilst she may be the longest reigning British monarch in history, she is currently only the 48th longest reigning monarch in world history. She still has some way to go before she can top King Sobhuza II of Swaziland's 83 years from 1899-1982!
In public, she wears mostly solid-colour overcoats and hats in order to be spotted easily in a crowd, a practice she has adopted since the late 1960s.
She is 5'4'.
The house the Queen was born in is now a Chinese restaurant.
Her childhood nickname was 'Lilibet', because she was unable to pronounce Elizabeth properly.
In an average year, the Queen hosts more than 50,000 guests at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
She owned her first house at the tender age of six. It was called Y Bwthyn Bach, Welsh for 'Little Cottage', and was a gift from the people of Wales.
She was the first British monarch to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary, on 20th November 2007.
She met her future husband, Prince Philip, when she was just 13, and quickly developed a crush on him.
Prince Philip's pet names for his wife include 'cabbage' and 'sausage'.
In 1957 when the Queen and her husband were reunited in Portugal after official royal business had kept them apart for four months, she greeted him wearing orange whiskers, mimicking the beard he had grown in that time.
She was very close to her mother, and spoke to her every day until her death in 2002 aged 101.
Madame Tussauds have displayed 23 different waxworks of Her Majesty.
She has sat for 129 portraits during her reign.
Her first portrait was painted in 1933 when she was just 7 years old.
And in 2003 the Queen sat for her first and only hologram portrait, where over 10,000 images were layered over each other to give a 3D effect.
Her mantra for securing lasting popularity was passed down by her mother: 'Never complain, never explain, and never speak in public unless you absolutely have to'.
She is said to be a big fan of the ITV soap Coronation Street and Inspector Morse.
She was also a huge fan of the 1970s cop TV show Kojak.
The Queen is an avid reader, and favours crime thrillers by authors such as Agatha Christie, PD James, and Dick Francis.
As a young girl, the Queen acted in a number of pantomimes, most notably in the part of Prince Florizel in Cinderella in 1941, when she was 15.
The Queen is patron of over 600 charities and organisations.
She is also ahead of the times when it comes to technology, sending her first email in 1976 from an army base.
The Queen takes a keen interest in horse breeding and racing.
She also loves horse riding and had her first lesson aged just 3 years old.
Her racing colours are a purple body with gold braiding, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap.
While she adores horse racing, she has never placed a bet.
A security guard once denied her entry to her private stand at a horse show in 1991. He later said of the incident 'I thought it was some old dear who had got lost.'
In April 2009, Barack Obama gave the Queen a personalised iPod complete with 40 'classic' tunes preloaded onto it.
She's owned a mobile phone since 2001, which was given to her by Prince Andrew with her family's phone numbers already installed on it.
When she married Prince Philip in 1947, Her Majesty collected clothing coupons to pay for her wedding dress.
Many people sent her their own clothing coupons to help her pay for her wedding dress, but the Queen returned them all as it was illegal to give them away.
Her wedding dress was encrusted with 10,000 white pearls- that must've cost a lot of coupons!
Her breakfast of choice is toast and light marmalade, which she sometimes shares with her corgis.
She starts every morning with a cup of Darjeeling tea and a few biscuits at 7:30.
The Queen is the first and only member of the royal family to have been awarded a gold disc from the recording industry. It was for the live CD recording of 'Party at the Palace', a concert held as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.
Technically, the Queen owns all dolphins, porpoises, whales and sturgeons found within 3 miles of the UK shoreline.
The Queen is fluent in French.
She has made visits to 116 countries over the course of her reign.
The only year she has not given a speech at Christmas was in 1969. After a documentary about her family aired that year she claimed the public had 'seen enough of me that year'.
When the marriages of three of her children broke down in 1992, she described the year as an 'annus horribilis', and not one she'd look back on with 'undiluted pleasure'.
1992 was also the year that saw protesters fling eggs at her during a state visit to Germany.
She is the first British monarch to have made state visits to China, Russia, Brunei, Malaysia, and even the Republic of Ireland in 2011.
Prince William once revealed that the Queen found Ali G impressions hilarious and couldn't help but giggle at them.
In fact, apparently the Queen Mother once stood up after dinner and said 'Respec!' complete with hand gestures after being taught about Ali G from Princes William and Harry.
The Queen is apparently partial to a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, then a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening.
Her pet peeve is lateness, and she has been known to tell off her grandchildren rather sternly when they don't arrive on time.
She is properly trained and is perhaps the only monarch in history to be able to change a flat tyre and a spark plug.
Although she can drive, she does not own a driving license and does not need to have registration plates on any of her vehicles.
She is not required to have a passport when travelling abroad either.
She has visited the sets of popular UK soap operas Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders, and most recently paid a visit to the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones.
Every Christmas, the Queen gives all of her staff a Christmas pudding and a small gift.
Each year she also sends Christmas trees to Westminster Abbey, Wellington Barracks, St Paul's Cathedral, St Giles' Cathedral, Canongate Kirk, Crathie Kirk, and local schools and churches in the Sandringham area.
Part of the contents of her handbag include good-luck charms from each of her children.
There is a private ATM for her to withdraw cash from in the basement of Buckingham Palace.
She has owned over 30 corgis during her reign and has a lifelong love of the breed.
Her first corgi was called Susan and was an 18th birthday gift in 1944.
She has also introduced a new breed of dog called the 'dorgi', a cross between a corgi and a dachshund.
She once demoted a footman for giving her corgis whiskey.
Her corgis are fed a luxurious spread of steak, poached chicken and rabbit.
Although her fondness for her corgis is well documented, there have also been reports of aggression from the dogs over the years. One of the most notable examples occurred in March 1991, where the Queen was bitten whilst trying to break up a fight between 10 of her corgis, and required 3 stitches to her left hand.
She is said to be fascinated with space and space travel, finding astronaut suits 'hilarious'.
When Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts completed the first moon landing in 1969, she sent a message of congratulations which was microfilmed and deposited on the moon in a metal container.
Elizabeth has visited Australia 16 times, Canada 22 times, Jamaica 6 times, and New Zealand 10 times.
She first entered a mosque in July 2002 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
She races pigeons and is a patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association.
In her spare time, the Queen enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and playing Scrabble.
One of her favourite card games is solitaire, she is said to be very good at it.
The Queen is also a keen photographer and enjoys taking pictures of her family.
The Queen has been the recipient of some rather unusual presents over the years. Including a pair of cowboy boots, sunglasses, pineapples, 7kg of prawns, and a 7 year old bull elephant called Jumbo. The elephant was placed in the care of London Zoo.
She has also received other animals over the years, such as tortoises, black beavers, a sloth and a jaguar. They've all been housed at London Zoo.
She collects pepper grinders.
In 2014, she showed her fun and youthful side by photobombing Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor's selfie at the Commonwealth Games.
Growing up, the Queen was a member of the Girl Guides and the Sea Rangers, a section of the Girl Guides that focused on sailing.
The first football match she attended was the FA cup final in 1953, where Blackpool won against Bolton Wanderers.
She is immune from prosecution and Freedom of Information requests.
Whilst the Queen is not legally obligated to pay tax, she has been doing so voluntarily since 1992.
When she played alongside James Bond as part of the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony, she received an honorary BAFTA and was named 'the most memorable Bond girl yet'
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