Queen Elizabeth’s birthday: in numbers


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On Thursday April 21, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 96th birthday.

With seven decades of dedicated service to the UK – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – and more than a dozen Commonwealth realms, here are some hard facts about the world’s longest-reigning monarch.

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Queen Elizabeth II Facts: By the Numbers

1926 – Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on Wednesday April 21, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. The famous address was once a townhouse that belonged to her maternal grandparents – the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, according to Royal Central. Today, the address is home to a 1-star Michelin Chinese restaurant named Hakkasan Mayfair.

Before being queen, she was Princess Elizabeth. Here she is pictured wearing lace mittens with a ruched chiffon dress in 1935.
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1 – Queen Elizabeth II was the firstborn of Albert Frederick Arthur George (George VI) and Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother). Her younger sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was born in 1930.

2 – Queen Elizabeth II has been crowned princess twice. She was named Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York at birth and retained that title until 11 December 1936. Her rank was then raised to Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth, which lasted until be made queen.

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3 Before becoming sovereign of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II was born third in line to the throne. Her uncle, Edward VII, Prince of Wales, and her father, George VI, Duke of York, preceded her in succession. But, after the death of his grandfather – King George V in 1936 – King Edward VII abdicated the throne after 325 days. The throne was assumed by his father until his death in 1952.

1947 Queen Elizabeth II – who was then known as Princess Elizabeth in the 1940s – gained the title Duchess of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947, through her marriage to Phillip Mountbatten, who renounced his royal titles from Greece and Denmark and even became naturalized. British citizen in order to marry the future queen.

Philip and Elizabeth received their titles of Duke and Duchess from King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II elevated her husband’s rank to prince a decade after their marriage began.

Queen Elizabeth II, as Princess Elizabeth, and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, named Prince Philip in 1957, on their wedding day.

Queen Elizabeth II, as Princess Elizabeth, and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, named Prince Philip in 1957, on their wedding day.
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25 – At the age of 25, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, ascended the throne and became Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland after her father, King George VI, succumbed to lung cancer, February 6, 1952. Her title has since been Her Majesty The Queen.

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1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on Tuesday June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Queen Elizabeth II of England acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.

Queen Elizabeth II of England acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.
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6 – Since her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated a second birthday, according to royal protocol. Her second birthday is celebrated in the second week of June – the sixth month of the year – and the royal family dubs the celebration their “official birthday”. Queen Elizabeth II used to celebrate her second birthday on the second Thursday in June, but in 1959 she moved the celebration to Saturday.

The Royal Family’s website says her second birthday is usually celebrated on the second Saturday in June, when there is “a greater chance of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour. ” during this period.

6.6 Queen Elizabeth II owns 6.6 billion acres of land, according to estimates calculated by The New Statesman – a British political and cultural magazine published in London. If that estimate is correct, it could make her the biggest landowner in the world. Much of the Royal Family’s land and real estate holdings fall under The Crown Estate – an independent commercial enterprise set up by Act of Parliament which would invest in and manage “some of the UK’s most important assets” in England, the Land of Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, with from left, Prince Charles, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry , Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge as they watch a flypast of Royal Air Force planes fly over Buckingham Palace.

Members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, with from left, Prince Charles, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry , Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge as they watch a flypast of Royal Air Force planes fly over Buckingham Palace.
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14 – According to the Royal Family website, Queen Elizabeth II is recognized as the sovereign monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, including Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada , Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Petersburg. Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Tuvalu.

61 Queen Elizabeth is the 61st monarch to rule England and Britain in the British monarch’s 1,200-year history, according to Historic UK – a history and heritage magazine.

64 Queen Elizabeth II’s estimated total annual income through the Sovereign Grant, the Royal Collection and the Duchy of Lancaster was $64,491,700 in 2020, according to a FOX Business net worth report.

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Queen Elizabeth II's reign lasted 70 years and it still does.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign lasted 70 years and it still does.
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70 Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest serving monarch with 70 years in service. Her 70th birthday as queen – February 6, 2022 – was celebrated with a platinum jubilee, a milestone birthday that only 15 other monarchs have achieved in world history. She is the only female monarch to have reached this milestone.

73 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for 73 years until his death on April 9, 2021.

4 – Queen Elizabeth II is the mother of four children. Her adult children are Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

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8 – Queen Elizabeth II is a grandmother of eight children. Her grandchildren include Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie; Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor; James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn; Peter Phillips; and Zara Tindall.

12 – Queen Elizabeth II is a great-grandmother of 12 children, so far. Her great-grandchildren include Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Prince Louis; Savannah Phillips; Phillips Island; Mia Tindal; Lena Tindall, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor; August Philip Hawke Brooksbank; Lucas Philip Tindall; Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor; and Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.

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