Funeral of the Queen: 9 Unusual Facts You Never Knew About the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 96, leaving her eldest son – formerly known as the Prince of Wales – to become King Charles III.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral.

“The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

She may have been our longest-reigning monarch, but since the royal family is shrouded in privacy, there’s a lot the British public may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen rarely gave interviews, leaving people with little insight into her life, other than that she had a penchant for corgis and boasted of an eclectic hat collection.

From her surprising educational history to how many times she was portrayed on screen, here are the most interesting facts about the Queen.

1. She was portrayed in about 100 movies and TV shows

According to data from IMDb, the Queen has been portrayed an estimated 100 times on-screen by actors, with notable portrayals including Claire Foy, who played her in Netflix’s The crown and Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance as Elizabeth II in The Queen.

2. She drank a glass of champagne every night before going to sleep

Some swear by an apple a day, but the queen’s daily rituals came complete with a heightened sense of grandeur.

According to the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, our late royal monarch took a gin and Dubonnet for 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 glasses of alcohol a day, which would have qualified her as a binge drinker by government standards.

3. She didn’t have a passport

While most of us would be quite immobile without a passport, it was all fair game to the Queen, who was happy to travel abroad without needing the booklet the rest of us need to get out of the country.

“Since a British passport is issued in Her Majesty’s name, there is no need for the Queen to possess one,” the Royal Family’s website read before her death, adding that all other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales does 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 13 different British Prime Ministers come to power

From Sir Winston Churchill to Theresa May, Her Majesty has seen it all.

6. She was an Arsenal fan

The monarch was exposed as a fan of the North London football team during a speech in the House of Commons in 2016 by none other than Jeremy Corbyn, himself an avid Gooner.

“Now we know that the Queen is absolutely above politics. She may also be above football, but many residents harbor the rather secretive view that she is actually a Gooner privately,” the Labor party leader revealed.

The club’s former midfielder Cesc Fabregas has also claimed that Her Majesty told him she was “a fan” of the team during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2007.

7. She speaks fluent French

The Queen was one of the most widely traveled British monarchs in history and made a number of official speeches in French when she visited the country, showing off her language skills.

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 at various lunches, dinners, banquets, and garden parties.

9. She was married for over 70 years

In 2017, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated 70 years of marriage, marking the couple’s platinum wedding anniversary.

They were married in London’s Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1946, and reportedly celebrated the milestone with a private, low-key party at Windsor Castle.