5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

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5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

The Queen is alive and well. Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and has been the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom since 1952, but she shows no sign of slowing down—even after living one of the most eventful lives in modern history. Much of her life has been heavily documented, but here are the five things you did not know about the longest-ruling monarch in British history.

She has 30 godchildren

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The Queen has 30 godchildren, and honestly, who wouldn’t want the Queen as a godmother? It is a sweet deal. Her first Godchild, Guy Rupert Gerard Nevill, was born on March 29, 1945; the Queen was just 19 years old when she became his godmother. Guy is the son of Lord Rupert Nevill and Lady Anne Camilla Wallop. He held office as a patron of honor to Queen Elizabeth from 1958-1961. Unfortunately, Guy died in 1992. The Queen’s last godchild is Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, born in 1983. Princess Theodora is the daughter of Greek King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie.

She’s on Facebook

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Yes, like billions of us commoners, the Queen joined Facebook. Back in November of 2010, she created a page called “The British Monarchy” that features photos, videos, and speeches—however, it is not possible to private message the Queen or send her a post through the website. Queen Elizabeth joined other social media sites as well—she was on Twitter before Facebook back in 2009. As would be expected, none of the royals tweets themselves. They have their public relations staff do social media, and a team at Buckingham Palace tweets daily updates on the Queen’s Twitter page.

She’s received some weird gifts

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During the Queen’s reign, she has received countless gifts. However, some weird gifts have caught her by surprise. She has received quite a lot of live animals as gifts; among the more unusual ones were a jaguar and sloth from Brazil, and black beavers from Canada. These animals have been placed in the London Zoo. The Queen also accepted pineapples, eggs, a box of snail shells, maple trees, and 15 pounds of prawns. Maybe people should stick to flowers instead of sending weird gifts.

She gives her staff Christmas pudding

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Even though the Queen completes her daily royal duties, she always shows her staff appreciation. Every Christmas she gives them Christmas pudding. Over the years, it is estimated that she has given out 90,000 Christmas puddings. The Queen does this to continue the tradition of King George V and King George VI. Furthermore, the Queen also gives her entire staff Christmas gifts. She is a patron to over 600 charities and sends out presents to schools and cathedrals. On top of that, she also does a Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth every single year, except in 1969. In that year, a repeat of the royal family was shown, and a written message from the Queen was issued.

She owns a lot of swans and dolphins

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The queen owns all the swans and dolphins in the U.K. waters. As early as the 12th century, the British monarch laid claim to all the mute swans in the country. Back then, the birds were considered a delicacy. Today, the Queen does not eat the swans, but she technically still owns them. The Swan Upping is an annual swan-counting event—yes, over the course of several days the Queen’s swan squad counts the birds and make sure they are healthy.

According to the Montreal Gazette, if she wanted to, the Queen could claim ownership of all royal fishes. These include dolphins, whales, and anything that resides in the waters around the United Kingdom.

As we have seen throughout her reign, the Queen takes her responsibilities seriously. However, it is lovely to know that she has a sense of humor. She enjoys flipping a coin to “me or tails,” plays “Great Balls of Fire” on the piano, and gets laughter from dinner guests for her mental arithmetic. Being the Queen is great!

England: Trump’s children make play for royal treatment

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Trump’s children make play for royal treatment

(CNN)At a grand banquet table in a red-carpeted Buckingham Palace ballroom, the Queen, a couple of princes, dukes and duchesses, and lords and ladies were intermixed with the Trump family: a President, a first lady, four of his five children, and two of their spouses.

Queen Elizabeth II formally invited just President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to travel to London for an official State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. But the event became more of an extended family affair, with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and his wife Lara, and Tiffany Trump all joining the exclusive party.
The President’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, was already set to attend in her capacity as a formal adviser to the President, and a senior member of his administration. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also part of the United States delegation attending the ceremonial events.
For the President, bringing his adult children, in his view, is akin to showcasing his version of royalty. In an interview ahead of the trip with the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Trump said he wanted Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric and Tiffany to hold a “next generation” meeting with the Prince William and his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry.
“I think my children will be meeting them,” said Trump. “It would be nice.”
Though they mingled at the State Banquet, there were no plans for a sit-down meeting, a royal source told CNN International correspondent Max Foster. They did, however, join their father for his joint news conference with Prime Minister Theresa May, and later toured the Churchill War Rooms, according to their social media posts.

A family affair

Trump’s business has always been a family affair: He became a New York real estate magnate with the help of a loan from his father, Fred Trump, his then-wife Ivana Trump worked with him while they were married, and Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric all joined the Trump Organization when they came of age. But the family Trump is a far cry from the American political dynasties of the past — the Kennedys, the Bushes. Further, a vision of the President’s children as America’s equivalence to the Royal Family is at odds with everything Trump’s brand as a status quo disruptor.
Trump ran in the 2016 presidential race promising to “drain the swamp” and railing against political establishment at every turn, particularly his GOP primary rival Jeb Bush, the brother of one American president and son of another.
But since taking office, he elevated his daughter and son-in-law to two of the highest-ranking appointments inside the West Wing. He even suggested that she could hold public office herself after he leaves office.
“If she ever wanted to run for president,” the President said this year, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”
But that his daughter hasn’t expressed any interest in running to him. For now, she continues her work on largely noncontroversial West Wing portfolio and style herself as a diplomat on the world stage. On Tuesday, she appeared alongside her father at a business roundtable and bilateral meetings with May as part of the official US delegation.

Separate lives

The full complement of Trump’s adult children, while present at the odd family event or holiday at Trump’s homes in Palm Beach and Bedminster, are a relatively scarce presence at the White House.
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump live in New York City, where they assumed control of the family real estate business, though Don Jr. now spends a significant amount of time traveling the country to attend events, rallying and fundraising for the 2020 campaign season alongside girlfriend and campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Tiffany Trump, the only child of Trump’s marriage to second wife, Marla Maples, is about to begin her third year at Georgetown University Law School in Washington where she lives off-campus in a downtown apartment. Tiffany has spent part of her summer break in Europe, attending swanky events in Cannes, France, during the fabled film festival, posting photos from a yacht anchored in the Mediterranean, and this week back in London, where her boyfriend is said to live.
Ivanka Trump was in town ahead of her father’s arrival, too, posting on her Instagram account a visit to the Albert & Victoria museum to see the sold-out Christian Dior exhibition. As a member of the delegation, she joined other high-level staffers on a Buckingham Palace balcony for the formal arrival ceremony as her father inspected British troops.