The Queen has travelled – in miles – the equivalent of 42 times around the world

Prince Harry recently said of his grandmother the Queen: "There is nowhere on this planet that I can think of, that she hasn't been, in the last 90 years." During her lifetime, Her Majesty has indeed clocked up an impressive amount of heir miles.

The monarch has visited 120 out of the world's 196 countries, sailed over one million miles on the Royal Yacht and travelled – in miles – the equivalent of 42 times around the globe. And she doesn't even have a passport.

Royal historian Kate Williams has teamed up with to study the logbook of the very well-travelled monarch.


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The Queen does not own a passport

The Queen, who became the nation's longest-serving monarch last September, has racked up some serious air mileage due to her royal engagements in the Commonwealth and abroad.

In her first 12 months on the throne, she travelled more than 40,000 miles visiting 12 countries during her six-month Commonwealth tour from November 1953 to May 1954.

Canada remains one of her favourite destinations. The Queen, who is usually always accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, has visited over 25 times. Closer to home she is fond of France and Germany and unlike many Brits, the royal, who speaks fluent French, has only been to Spain once in 1988.

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Her Majesty is usually accompanied by her husband Prince Philip

Italy is a very special place to Her Majesty and is one of the few places she has actually visited on holiday, before she became Queen. As a naval wife to Prince Philip, the then-Princess was able to swim, go to parties and relax, without the eyes of the press on her.

She has been to Italy five times and was the first British monarch to meet the Pope in 1961. During the state visit, Pope John XXIII arranged for 1,000 nuns and priests to sing God Save the Queen in the Vatican courtyard, just outside the room in which they were meeting.

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The Queen has visited 120 out of the world's 196 countries

The seventies and eighties were prominent jet-setting decades for the Queen, who visited six countries in two months as part of her 1979 Middle East tour. Over the years she has also taken more scheduled flights than her private jet. In 1977 she famously took the Concorde to the US.

As Her Majesty has grown older, she has taken fewer overseas trips, with her average time abroad each year currently totalling eight days.

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The royal visited six countries in two months as part of her 1979 Middle East tour

The Queen is more content with holidaying on her home ground. She usually spends two months of the summer at Balmoral in Scotland, Easters at Windsor Castle and Christmas holidays with the family at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

The Queen also spends fewer and fewer days at Buckingham Palace – around 88 at present, down from an average of 100 in previous years.

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The Queen usually spends two months of the summer at Balmoral in Scotland

When it comes to travelling around Europe, Her Majesty usually stays at diplomatic residences or presidential residences or on a yacht. It is quite rare that she stays in hotels although there have been exceptions.

A handful of famous hotels she has stayed in include the Raffles Hotel Singapore in 2006, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite in 1983 where she took over the entire hotel and in 1957 the Waldorf Astoria in New York – also frequented by the Queen Mother.

Her Majesty has also stayed in the Fairmont Royal in Toronto, the Phoenicia in Malta and the St. Regis in Washington.

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