J is for Jubilee

I love the Queen. Not in like a weird way, I just think she’s great. This week saw a four day weekend (for some of you, anyway) to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign.

My favourite thing about the Jubilee is probably the fact that every newspaper or magazine is running a “Things You Didn’t Know About The Queen!” article. Some of my favourite anecdotes from those are: 1) She doesn’t have to have a driving lisence, but doesn’t drive on public roads anyway, preffering to drive on her private land, and 2) She has visited 130 countries but doesn’t have a passport.

Here are some more facts that I’ve scouted the internet to find, links to all websites will be provided at the bottom.

Buckingham Palace has its own postcode

Buckingham Palace has its own exclusive postcode: SW1A 1AA. It is the only property in the UK with this address. The closest is the House of Commons, which carries the postcode SW1A 0AA.

Balmoral has a cinema

While Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are working residences, the Queen owns two private estates: Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, which can be used to generate private revenue, (potentially making her one of the most wealthy commercial property investors in the country). But little known to the public, Balmoral has its own cinema, which shows films and TV series for the Royal family. According to the Telegraph, Prince Philip likes action films, while the Queen enjoys comedies.

Sandringham Pigeons fought in the War

Sandringham’s residents are not just human.  The estate is also home to Royal pigeons, who life in the lofts of the buildings. In World War II, the majestic birds were commissioned for active service with the RAF.
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The Queen has been emailing since 1976, when she sent her first note from a British Army base.

The Queen introduced a new breed of dog known as the “dorgi” when one of her corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin, which belonged to Princess Margaret. There have been 11 dorgis: Tinker, Pickles, Chipper, Piper, Harris, Brandy, Berry, Cider, Candy and Vulcan.

The Queen is said to bank with Coutts & Co. There is also a Coutts cash machine at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen speaks fluent French.
The Queen is the first member of the Royal Family to be awarded a gold disc from the recording industry, after 100,000 copies of the CD ‘Party at the Palace’ were sold within the first week of release.
The Queen was given two sloths (tree-dwelling mammals) on a visit to Brazil in 1968.
The Queen was given an iPod by President Obama in 2009.
The Queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress.
So, there are some facts about the Queen! I hope you enjoyed them and are enjoying your Jubilee weekend.
Lil
Currently reading: I’m The King of the Castle – Susan Hill.

The Queen has been emailing since 1976, when she sent her first note from a British Army base.

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