When Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, she was Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
However, given the privacy of the royal family and the fact that the Queen rarely gave interviews, there’s a lot people might not know about her.
She let people little into her life, other than the fact that she had a fondness for corgis and boasted an eclectic hat collection.
From her surprising educational history to her on-screen frequency, here are the most interesting facts about the Queen.
1. She has been portrayed in around 100 films and TV shows
Corresponding Data by IMDb, the Queen has been portrayed by actors on screen an estimated 100 times, with notable performances including Claire Foy, who played her on Netflix The crown and Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her role as Elizabeth II The Queen.
2. She drank a glass of champagne every night before bed
Some swear by an apple a day, but the Queen’s daily rituals were complete with an elevated sense of grandeur.
According to the Queen’s cousin, Margaret RhodesThe late royal monarch grabbed a gin and dubonnet before lunch and had a glass of wine with her meal, followed by a dry martini and a flute of champagne before bed.
If she did this every day, Her Majesty would have consumed six units of alcohol per day, which would have qualified her as an alcoholic by government standards.
3. She didn’t have a passport
While most of us would be fairly immobile without either passport, this was all fair game for the Queen, who was able to happily travel overseas without needing the booklet normally required to leave a country.
“As a British passport is issued in Her Majesty’s name, it is unnecessary for the Queen to hold one,” the report reads Website of the royal family before her deathand adds that all other members of the royal family, including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, have passports.
4. She had two birthdays
The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 – but her ‘official’ birthday was celebrated by the nation in June at the annual Trooping the Color parade, which has been a traditional celebration since 1748.
5. She saw 15 different British Prime Ministers rise to power
From Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, Her Majesty has seen it all.
6. She is said to have been an Arsenal fan
The monarch was outed as a supporter of the North London football team during a speech in the House of Commons in 2016 by former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, himself a staunch supporter.
“Now we know that the Queen is absolutely above politics. She may also be into football but many locals have this rather secret view that privately she’s actually a Gooner,” revealed the Labor leader.
The club’s former midfielder Cesc Fabregas has also claims that Her Majesty told him during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2007 that she was “a fan” of the team.
7. She spoke fluent French
The Queen was one of the most widely traveled British monarchs in history, and on visits to the country gave a number of official speeches in French, demonstrating her linguistic talent.
8. She hosted more than 50,000 people at Buckingham Palace every year
Thanks to a thriving social calendar, the Queen was truly the hostess with the most, welcoming thousands of people to the palace for various lunches, dinners, banquets and garden parties.
9. She was married for more than 70 years
In 2017, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, marking the couple’s platinum wedding anniversary.
They wed on November 20, 1946 at London’s Westminster Abbey and reportedly celebrated the milestone with a private, low-key party at Windsor Castle.
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