Did you know…
1. That Elizabeth II became Queen at the age of 25, while spending the night in a cabin atop a fig tree in Kenya?
2. That during World War II, Elizabeth trained as a motor mechanic in the military, where she learned how to change tires and spark plugs, bleed brakes, strip down engines, and drive a three-ton truck?
3. That during Margaret Thatcher’s 80th birthday party, the Queen tenderly led her by the hand through the crowd of 650 guests?
4. That Elizabeth II learned from her mother to sit for hours without letting her back touch the chair?
5. That she visited her first supermarket and attended her first football game during a visit to the United States in 1957, when she mingled with ordinary people informally, which she didn’t do in her own country for thirteen more years?
6. That Elizabeth II wears bright colors outdoors so she can be seen at a distance, and favors neutral colors indoors where she can be seen more easily?
7. That when the Queen took a short break during her coronation, the Archbishop of Canterbury gave her sips from the flask of brandy he kept under his cope?
8. That she gave Dwight Eisenhower her recipe for scones after he was impressed by her cooking skills during a picnic luncheon at Balmoral in 1959?
9. That the Queen has a habit after meals, even on formal occasions, of pulling out a compact and applying her lipstick?
10. That Elizabeth II helped Monty Roberts, the California-born “real life horse whisperer,” publish his autobiography, which sold more than 2 million copies?