Ten Quirky Facts About Queen Elizabeth II
- When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh got married on the 20th November 1947 the Queen’s wedding ring was produced using a nugget of welsh gold found at Clogau St. David’s mine near Dolgellau. Her official wedding cake was made by McVitie and Price Ltd. using ingredients provided by the Australian girl guides.
- The Queen has launched 23 ships in her time including 21 during her reign. As Queen she launched the new Cunard superliner as the Queen Elizabeth 2.
- As well as breeding corgis, one of 29 breeds considered to be at risk of extinction, the Queen also breeds labradors and cocker spaniels at her Sandringham Estate. Internet searches for the Cardigan Welsh corgi increased by 59% after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
- After remaining tight-lipped about her favourite football team the Queen in 2009 revealed a liking for West Ham United. The Queen has also shown her liking for Arsenal with a private function with the team and their manager Arsene Wenger.
- The Queen drinks gin and Dubonnet before lunch with plenty of ice and a slice of lemon. She has wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening.
- In 2004 the cast of Les Miserables were invited to Windsor Castle to perform for the Queen and the French president Jacques Chirac. This was the first time that the cast of a west end musical had performed at a Royal residence.
- Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, might have been a hit with many women but not the Queen. During an official photo call at the end of the 2009 G20 summit, the Queen was unhappy with Berlusconi screaming “Mr Obama” towards the President of the United States. “What is it?” She exclaimed “Why does he have to shout?”
- Never mess with the Queen’s corgis. A royal footman who poured whisky into the corgi’s water bowl as a party trick was demoted and had his salary cut.
- The Buckingham Palace chefs do not have to obey the order but the Queen prefers New Zealand eggs. This refers to an incident in 1986 when the Queen had eggs thrown at her during a walkabout in New Zealand. Instead of being furious she showed her humorous side and was quoted as saying that she prefers New Zealand eggs for breakfast.
- Just like clockwork the Queen has opened the proceedings for Parliament every year except for 1959 and 1963. This was when she was expecting Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.