Queens Diamond Jubilee
As it is the Queens Diamond Jubilee here are some facts you may not know about her:
The Queen is the second longest serving monarch. Only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more. They are:
• Victoria (63 years)
• George III (59 years)
• Henry III (56 years)
• Edward III (50 years)
• James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years)
The Queen is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.
Since 1952 The Queen has given Royal Assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament.
Over the reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers. They are:
• Winston Churchill 1951-55
• Sir Anthony Eden 1955-57
• Harold Macmillan 1957-63
• Sir Alec Douglas-Home 1963-64
• Harold Wilson 1964-70 and 1974-76
• Edward Heath 1970-74
• James Callaghan 1976-79
• Margaret Thatcher 1979-90
• John Major 1990-97
• Tony Blair 1997-2007
• Gordon Brown 2007-2010
• David Cameron 2010 - present
Tony Blair was the first Prime Minister to have been born during The Queen's reign. He was born in early May, 1953 - a month before the Coronation.
The Queen has attended every opening of Parliament except those in 1959 and 1963, when she was expecting Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.
The Queen has answered around three and a half million items of correspondence.
The Queen has sent over 175,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth.
The Queen has sent almost 540,000 telegrams to couples in the UK and the Commonwealth celebrating their diamond wedding (60 years) anniversary.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have sent approximately 45,000 Christmas cards during The Queen’s reign.