25 Royally Cool Facts About Queen Elizabeth II You Might Not Know

Royalty is fascinating, particularly to some of us born in the US as we’ve never had a monarchy. While some of us may glean most of what we know about Princesses and Queens from Disney, the actual life of a Royal is quite different. Queen Elizabeth II was just 25 years old when she took the throne, which seems insanely young to anyone over 30! She is currently the longest reigning Monarch in the world. Want to hear more about her? Here are 25 Royally Cool Facts About Queen Elizabeth II You Might Not Know.

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She's also the only person in Britain allowed to drive without a license or a number plate on her car.

driverslicenseSource: https://www.natgeokids.com
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Though she did, notably, drive a jeep and serve as a mechanic via the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII. She is the only still-living head of state to have served in WWII.

Hrh_Princess_Elizabeth_in_the_Auxiliary_Territorial_Service_April_1945_TR2832Source: http://www.history.com

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Her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is her third cousin. They share the same Great Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Prince PhillipSource: http://www.history.com
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Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown was covered with 10,000 white pearls, but because austerity measures were still in effect due to postwar recovery, she had to save up ration coupons to pay for it. Not even the Royal Family was exempt.

white pearlsSource: http://www.history.com

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In addition to the bazillion Christmas Cards she's sent, Queen Elizabeth II sends Christmas Trees to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Wellington Parracks, the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, as well as local schools and churches in the Sandringham area of England. She also gives out Christmas Puddings to staff, keeping with traditions set by King George V and King George VI. She's given out some 90,000 Christmas Puddings so far. Queen Santa!

ChristmastreeSource: http://content.time.com

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