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Facts We Just Learned About Queen Elizabeth II That Made Us Say 'Really?'

August 27, 2020 11.6k votes 1.3k voters 45.8k views16 items

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For nearly seven decades, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled over the United Kingdom (and several other nations, in fact). She's widely traveled, distinctly classy, and rather well-liked for a 21st century monarch. As the Duke of Cambridge put it, "I think I speak for my generation when I say that the example and continuity provided by The Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance."

With such an auspicious ruler, it's difficult to separate the figure from the figurehead, but that's part of the Queen gig. Of course, you may be surprised by some of the more obscure Queen Elizabeth II facts that have cropped up over the years. Redditors have delighted in sharing these Elizabeth II facts, and they may help to humanize an otherwise enigmatic ruler.

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    Elizabeth Specifically Asked To Be In The James Bond Skit With Daniel Craig For The 2012 Olympics

    From Redditor u/blairsimons:

    TIL Queen Elizabeth II specifically asked to be in a James Bond skit with Daniel Craig for the Olympics, breaking royal protocol. When asked if she would like to say something she said, "Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me."

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    The Queen Gave A Cheeky Response To American Tourists Who Didn't Recognize Her

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    TIL Queen Elizabeth once went for a walk near her Balmoral estate with one of her protection officers and met some American tourists who didn’t recognize her. They asked her if she’d ever met the Queen and she said no, then pointed to her protection officer and said "this policeman has." They didn’t connect the dots.

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    The Queen Visited The Set Of 'Game of Thrones,' But Refused To Sit On The Iron Throne

    From Redditor u/duluththrowaway:

    TIL when Queen Elizabeth visited the set of Game of Thrones she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because there is a law disallowing her from sitting on a foreign throne.

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    [Editor's Note: As showrunner David Benioff explained on Late Night with Seth Meyers, "[S]he’s not allowed to." He added, "Apparently, the Queen of England is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne, so this is an esoteric rule we didn’t know about until that moment."]

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    Elizabeth And Her Sister Snuck Out Of The Palace To Take Part In The Victory Celebrations For WWII

    From Redditor u/ugotamesij:

    TIL when Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, huge celebrations broke out on the streets of London. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister secretly left Buckingham Palace to join the crowds outside, with Elizabeth describing it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life."

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