Queen Elizabeth's reign by the numbers

Wednesday 09 September 2015

So that’s it – Queen Elizabeth II has surpassed her great-great grandmother Victoria as Britain's longest-reigning monarch.  As we celebrate the Queen's historic milestone, let's look back at the amazing facts and figures that make up her 63-year reign.

0: The number of passports Her Majesty needs when travelling abroad.

1: The number of times she's allowed cameras into her private life – in 1969's Royal Family.

2: The number of birthdays the Queen has. Her actual birthday is on 21 April, but the official ceremony, Trooping the Colour, takes place on a Saturday in June each year.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour cermony, London, England The Queen and Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour

 

4: the number of times Her Majesty has attended Wimbledon.

The Queen at Wimbledon The Queen at Wimbledon

 

12: the number of prime ministers during Her Majesty's reign.

25: the age Princess Elizabeth became Queen upon the death of her father, King George VI – on 6 February 1952.

39: the number of monarchs that have preceded Her Majesty since William the Conqueror.

41: Her Majesty's ranking on ForbesRichest Women In The World 2015 list.

129: the number of portraits Her Majesty has sat for during her reign.

10,000: the number of encrusted pearls on her Norman Hartnell wedding gown.

Portrait of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip after their Wedding On 20 November 1947 Image: Associated Newspapers / Daily Mail /REX Portrait of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip after their wedding on 20 November 1947. Image: Associated Newspapers/Daily Mail/REX

 

1939: the year she, Princess Margaret and their governess, Marion Crawford, first took the London Underground.

Queen Elizabeth and her daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, circa 1939 Queen Elizabeth and her daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, circa 1939

 

1953: the year Tony Blair was born, making him the first prime minister to be born during Her Majesty's reign.

2010: the year Her Majesty joined Facebook.

2011: the year Her Majesty paid an official (and historical) visit to Ireland, the first monarch to do so since Irish Independence.

Kelly Lynch is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Duchess Diary, a site dedicated to celebrating all that is entertaining about royalty. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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