• INTRO
  • EARLY YEARS
  • LOVE AND PHILIP
  • WORKING MOTHER
  • WINDSOR WIVES
  • THE NEXT GENERATION
  • ELIZABETH AS QUEEN
  • SNAPSHOTS FROM A ROYAL LIFE
  • EIGHT FACTS FOR EIGHT DECADES
  • QUIZ
  • LATEST STORIES
  • EIGHT FACTS FOR EIGHT DECADES
    1. When the weather is fine the Queen loves to picnic. She was once spotted unpacking lunch while sipping a gin and Dubonnet and passing a beer to Prince Philip

    2. A security guard once tried to prevent the monarch entering the Royal Windsor Horse Show because he didn't recognise her. Carl Shimmin stopped the Queen's black Vauxhall Carlton, saying: "Sorry love, you can't come in here without a sticker"

    3. At a private dinner party, the Queen once revealed a secret passion. "I love looking at houses but I never get the chance. It would be too awkward to invite myself in," she said. "My husband heard me talking about this one day and ever since then, if we are in the car and pass a nice house, he drives up to have a look. I get terribly embarrassed sometimes and I duck down and hide"

    4. Her Majesty was a great fan of the TV show The Two Ronnies, and also used to delay dinner at Sandringham by half an hour so the Queen Mother could watch 1980s sitcom 'Allo 'Allo

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