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Everything you never knew about Queen Elizabeth II

From her biggest regrets to her favourite cocktail, Archie Bland lists 70 little-known facts about the longest-reigning monarch.

1. Elizabeth’s birth in 1926 was attended by the home secretary. She became heir to the throne aged 10. She never went to school.

Officieel portret dat is vrijgegeven ter ere van het jubileum 

18. When Elizabeth was crowned, the British empire had 70 overseas territories, and was fighting wars against independence movements in Egypt and Kenya. Between 1945 and 1965, the number of people living under British colonial rule shrank from 700 million to 5 million.

67. There are now 14 British overseas territories, with a total population of about 270,000.

For the full list of 70 items, see the Guardian, June 2, 2022.

Trooping the colour, 70 jaar Queen Elisabeth’s reign, London, 2 juni 2022
on 02.06.2022 at 8:33
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