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    5. The matriarch's affection for her beloved corgis is well documented. Stepping in to deal with a dispute between two of them once resulted in her needing three stitches in her hand, however

    6. A new chef once tried to impress her by carving tomatoes into pretty patterns and creating special salad dressings. Back came a stiff note informing him that the Queen likes plain, simple fare and there was no need to waste time making fancy food

    7. Thousands of letters arrive each day for the monarch and she often pulls out eight or nine to read herself. "If (people) take the trouble to write they must be seriously concerned," she says

    8. A fluent French speaker, Her Majesty often translates for British politicians meeting visiting French dignitaries

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