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Queen Elizabeth II
Transcript of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Until she was 10 years old Elizabeth didn’t know that one day she would be queen. It was only when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 that her father became King George VI and Elizabeth became heiress to the throne.
Elizabeth II is a ‘constitutional monarch’. This means that the country is actually run by the government, led by the Prime Minister. So she isn’t a political force. She is a symbol of Britain’s long history and traditions.
Queen Elizabeth’s full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. As a child she called herself “Lilibet’, a name that members of her family still use.
The Queen’s surname is Windsor. The British royal family changed their last name -Coburg-Gotha during the First World War because it sounded too ‘German’. Anti-German feeling in the county was so strong that King George V dropped all his German titles and changed the family name to Windsor – after his castle of the same name.
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The British royal family goes back more than a thousand years. Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s 40th monarch.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 17 Briton Street, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926. Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI) and her mother was the Duchess of York (born Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth, and, after her daughter's accession to the throne, the Queen Mother).
Elizabeth was educated at home with Princess Margaret, her younger sister. She studied French, history, art and music, learned to ride and swim.
The Queen has 2 birthdays – her real one, on the 26th of April, and an official one, on the second Saturday of June each year.
In the past 60 years, Elizabeth II has been on 261 official visits to 116 different countries.
The Queen in the only person in Great Britain who doesn’t have a passport! She is also the only person in the country who can drive without a licence or number plate on her state car.
The Queen’s hobby is photography. She also enjoys horse racing, fishing and walking in the countryside.
Queen Elizabeth joined Facebook in November 2010, with a page called the British Monarchy. She joined Twitter in 2009, and now teams at Buckingham Palace tweet daily updates.
The Queen received a number of bizarre gifts during her supremacy, some of them were live animals. Among these are two black beavers from Canada, jaguars and sloths from Brazil and a bull elephant.These animals have been placed in the care of the London zoo.
The Queen has many hats, because she always wears one when she is out on royal visits. She has worn more than 5,000 different hats over the past 60 years.
In the 60 years of her reign, the country has had 12 prime ministers.
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