The British Royal Family announced Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday at the age of 96.
According to a tweet from the Royal Family, the respected monarch died peacefully.
Here are ten fun facts about the late monarch:
1. She was not born in a royal residence.
Despite being the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), and the eldest granddaughter of King George V, Queen Elizabeth II was born in a townhouse in London owned by her Scottish maternal grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, on 21 April 1926.
2. She was educated at home.
Queen Elizabeth II was raised at home with her only sibling, Princess Margaret, who was born in 1930. Marion Crawford, the two princesses’ governess, and their mother oversaw their education. They were given lessons in history, language, literature, and music.
3. Her father died while she was in Kenya.
When her father, King George VI, died in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was in Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip. While on a trip to Kenya with his wife, Philip informed her of King George VI’s death.
4. She became queen at the age of 25.
Her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952, at the age of 56, while Elizabeth was in Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip. On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in central London.
5. Following her coronation, she became the head of seven independent Commonwealth countries.
Queen Elizabeth II, then 25, was crowned regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries. These were the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), as well as the Commonwealth Head.
6. She was the first British monarch to visit Ireland’s Republic.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Republic of Ireland in 2011, making her the first British monarch to do so since the country gained independence in 1922.
7. She toured every region of the United Kingdom in preparation for her diamond jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II toured every region of Britain ahead of the four-day party in June to mark the jubilee, while other royals made visits across the Commonwealth.
She was the leader of 54 Commonwealth countries.
The Commonwealth is made up of 54 countries, and Queen Elizabeth II was the head of these countries before her death. Her father, King George VI, was the first monarch to be formally styled as Commonwealth Head of State.
9. She was the world’s most traveled monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II holds the record for the greatest number of countries visited by a single monarch. She visited more than 120 countries on six continents. Outside of the United Kingdom, Canada is the country she has visited the most.
10. She was the longest-reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II reigned for the longest time of any British monarch, at 70 years and seven months.
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