20 things you probably didn’t know about The Queen

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There have been 12 U.S. Presidents during her reign including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barrack Obama, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Elizabeth is patron of more than 600 charities and organisations such as Action for Children, Cancer Research UK and Dogs Trust.

The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license or number plate on her state car.

At the age of 18 she trained to be a mechanic and truck driver in WW2.

The Queen is a keen photographer and enjoys taking pictures of her family.

Elizabeth loves gin and is said to be particularly fond of ours, thank you Your Majesty.

She sent her first email in 1976, from a British army base and has since joined Twitter and Facebook to stay ‘down with the kids’.

Madame Tussauds have showcased 23 different waxworks of Her Majesty to date.

During her reign, she has owned more than 30 corgis and introduced a new breed – the dorgi (a corgi/daschund cross). Elizabeth II now has only two corgis, Holly and Willow, and two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan.

Not all the animals the Queen owns live with her and the corgis at Buckingham Palace. Among the gifts she has received over the years that were housed at London Zoo include a black beaver, a sloth and a jaguar.

Elizabeth has launched 23 ships during her lifetime, the first being HMS Vanguard on 30 November 1944, in Clydebank, Scotland, when she was Princess Elizabeth.

She speaks fluent French and communicates using it regularly on her travels.

She (almost) always wears the same earrings. The earrings, which are known as Queen Mary’s Button Earrings, can be spotted on a countless number of images since Queen Elizabeth took the throne.

She owns all of the UK’s swans and protects each and every one of them.

The Queen is reportedly a big fan of Downton Abbey and likes to watch the show to spot its historical inaccuracies.

The Queen is 5’4″ (64 inches or 160cm) tall. So, just because you are small does not mean you cannot be mighty.

The Queen has sat for at least 129 portraits during her reign (probably has a rather numb bottom).

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have sent approximately 45,000 Christmas cards during The Queen’s reign.

She has a private ATM in the basement of Buckingham Palace, just in case she needs to nip out for milk perhaps.

She collected post-war clothing coupons to buy her wedding dress, which we’ve got to say is pretty humbling.

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday with a huge celebration at Windsor Castle next week. Raise a toast with NB. Buy yours here.

NB Gin is the only gin to be featured in The Queen at 90, a commemorative book celebrating HRM’s birthday.

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