We remember Her Majesty The Queen, known as “The Lady in the Big Blue Hat” in KeeKee’s Big Adventures in London with Queen Elizabeth Facts for you and the kids to enjoy from her life of 96 years and reign of 70 years. 👑
Queen Elizabeth Facts to start…She was the head of state in 15 independent countries as well as head of the Commonwealth of Nations. She was the supreme governor of the Church of England, the commander in chief of one of the world’s biggest militaries, and head of the Royal Family as a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother.
- The Queen’s Hats – The vibrant color palettes of her outfits were always paired with a hat. She wore about 5,000 hats in her lifetime.
- The Queen’s Horses: She began riding horses when she was three years old and owned horses since she was four years old. In June 2022, it was reported that the Queen owned around 100 horses in her stable. Emma, her Highland Fell pony, stood along the path of Windsor Park’s Long Walk the day of her funeral.
- The Queen’s Corgis: She was first given a corgi when she was seven and owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis, a dachshund-corgi mix, during her life. Her Majesty’s dogs, Muick & Sandy, pembroke welsh corgis, were looking on at Windsor Castle the day of her funeral.
The Queen’s Travels: She traveled 1,032,513 miles in her life to 117 of the world’s 195 countries.
The Queen’s Zoo: She owned an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar, and a pair of sloths. All are presents from other countries and live in the London Zoo.
The Queen’s Engagements: She carried out more than 21,000 engagements.
The Queen’s Bees: Per a long tradition, Buckingham Palace’s beekeeper John Chapple quietly told the seven bee hives with tens of thousands of bees on the grounds of the Palace that the Queen had passed away and that King Charles was their new master.
The Queen’s Clock Tower: The iconic Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, often called Big Ben, is actually Elizabeth Tower, renamed in 2012 in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben is the name of the Great Bell INSIDE the Tower.
- The Queen’s Imperial State Crown: Made in 1937 and part of the Crown Jewels, it’s resting on the top of the Queen’s coffin. The crown sparkles with nearly 3,000 stones – including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and five rubies. It weighs 2.3 lbs.
The Queen’s Funeral: Monday’s state funeral will be an event like no other with over two thousand guests, 500 foreign dignitaries, 4,000 service personnel, and billions of people watching around the world. BBC has a full schedule.
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