70 Royally Fascinating Facts About Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch – E! Online


28. Her Majesty was the monarch to 14 nations along with the U.Ok. She was additionally Head of Commonwealth, which consists of 54 nations.

29. However these weren’t her solely roles. She additionally held the titles of Head of State, Head of Nation, Head of Armed Forces, Sovereign of the Garter, Defender of the Religion and Supreme Governor of the Church of England amongst others.

30. As Head of State, Her Majesty needed to keep impartial on political issues. Due to this fact, she did not vote or stand for election. Though, because the royal family’s website explains, the monarch did have ceremonial and formal roles regarding the U.Ok. authorities, like opening new periods of Parliament and approving orders and proclamations by way of the Privy Council. She might additionally appoint a primary minster and meet with her or him often.

31. In Could 2021, the queen opened Parliament for the 67th time—having opened it yearly of her reign besides 1959 and 1963 (when she was pregnant and anticipating Prince Andrew and Prince Edward) and 2022 attributable to, as Buckingham Palace put it, “episodic mobility problems.” 

32. Audiences, or one-on-one conferences, have been a part of Her Majesty’s job. In accordance with the royal family’s website, there are greater than 170 ambassadors and excessive commissioners in London at any given time, and the monarch can have an viewers with each shortly after the person has assumed the position. She additionally had a weekly viewers with the prime minister by which they focus on authorities issues.

33. By 2016, the queen had held more than 660 investitures (an occasion that awards honors to people for his or her achievements, bravery or providers to the U.Ok. and British oversea territories).

34. Her Majesty had greater than 600 patronages.

35. Her reign wasn’t utterly with out criticism. After Princess Diana’s loss of life in 1997, as an illustration, Her Majesty confronted public criticism for initially staying at her Balmoral Citadel in Scotland, as an alternative of returning to London, and for initially not flying the British flag at half-mast, which did not occur till the day of Diana’s funeral. The monarch later addressed the Princess of Wales’ loss of life in a televised assertion.


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