The Queen and her husband are both great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. If Prince Charles becomes the next reigning monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, he will be the first king or queen of the realm to hold a college degree. If the Queen ever tires of reigning over her kingdom, she has a second career to fall back on. In 1944, Queen Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service where she was enrolled in a driving course. One part of her training required her to learn all parts of vehicle maintenance.
Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of York are all very talented amateur painters. The Queen’s niece Lady Sarah Chatto (who is known professionally by her maiden name Armstrong-Jones) makes her living as an artist. Prince Andrew has a golf handicap that would qualify him to play on the professional level. He is also a talented amateur photographer who trained with legendary photographer Norman Parkinson. Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, competed in the 1976 Olympics, representing her country in the equestrian category. Queen Victoria’s sculptress daughter Princess Louise (who was not a member of the House of Windsor because that name change came later) fashioned two statues of her mother – one resides at Kensington Palace in London; the other at a Canadian college.
Queen Elizabeth 2nd has travelled to 133 countries on 263 official overseas visits The total cost of keeping the monarchy in the year 2009-2010 was $59 million The Queen once received 2 black beavers as a present from Canada Before WWI, the Royal Family had no surname
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
Every step made by the British royal family is monitored by mass-media, secret services and society inside and outside the United Kingdom. Sometimes rather ordinary events and occasions become significant, while a whole country's stability and might depends on a single person or family