Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at the age of 96, according to the British Royal Family.
According to a tweet from the Royal Family, the revered king passed away quietly.
The following list of 10 fascinating facts about the late monarch:
- 1 1. She was not born in a palace
- 2 2. She was homeschooled
- 3 3. She was in Kenya when her father died
- 4 4. She became queen at 25
- 5 5. She became head of seven independent
- 6 6. She toured every region of Britain ahead of her diamond jubilee
- 7 7. She presided over 54 Commonwealth countries.
- 8 8. She was the most travelled monarch in history
1. She was not born in a palace
Queen Elizabeth II was not born in a palace, but rather in a townhouse in London that belonged to her Scottish maternal grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, on April 21, 1926. Queen Elizabeth II was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), and the eldest granddaughter of King George V.
2. She was homeschooled
Together with Princess Margaret, her only sibling, who was born in 1930, Queen Elizabeth II had her education at home. The two princesses were schooled under the guidance of their mother and Marion Crawford, their governess. Lessons focused on history, language, literature, and music were given to them.
3. She was in Kenya when her father died
When her father King George VI passed away in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were in Kenya. While alone with his wife on a vacation to Kenya, Philip informed her of King George VI’s passing.
4. She became queen at 25
On February 6, 1952, her father King George VI passed away at the age of 56 when Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were visiting Kenya. On June 2, 1953, Westminster Abbey in the heart of London hosted the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
5. She became head of seven independent
Queen Elizabeth II, when 25 years old, was crowned regent of seven autonomous Commonwealth nations. These nations included the Head of the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).
She was the first British Monarch to visit the Republic of IrelandThe first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland since it gained independence in 1922, Queen Elizabeth II made the contentious trip there in 2011.
6. She toured every region of Britain ahead of her diamond jubilee
Prior to the four-day celebration in June to honor the jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II visited every region of the United Kingdom, while other royals traveled the Commonwealth.
7. She presided over 54 Commonwealth countries.
Queen Elizabeth II presided over the 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth before her death. The first monarch to be publicly styled as Head of the Commonwealth was her father, King George VI.
8. She was the most travelled monarch in history
- The record for the most nations visited by a single monarch belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. On six continents, she traveled to more than 120 nations. She visited Canada more frequently than any other country outside of the UK.
She served as the longest-reigning British queen, reigning lasting 70 years and 7 months.
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