Elizabeth II is not only the oldest current head of state in the world and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain. During her 70 years of reign, the Queen visited over 100 countries, covering a distance equal to a circle around the globe 42 times.
Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in 2015, ahead of her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned 63 years, seven months and two days. He is now not only the longest-sitting monarch in British history: he is also third on the list of the longest-reigning monarchs in world history. Only the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej (70 years and 4 months) and the King of France, Louis XIV (72), reigned longer.
42 times around the world
In seven decades on the throne, Elizabeth II made a record number of trips abroad – visited over 100 countries. She was in Canada 22 times – more than any other country. In Europe, she most often visited France – 13 times. She visited Poland once, in 1996.
During the three-day visit, incl. she performed in the Seym, planted an oak in the Saski Garden on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the capital city of Warsaw, visited the National Theater and walked around the Old Town with her husband, Prince Philip. She met with President Aleksander Kwaśniewski and 30 high school students, whose teachers were instructed how to proceed before the visit: “It was forbidden to ask about British beef (due to the detection of mad cow disease in the Islands, European countries then introduced an embargo on its import – ed.), the war for the Falklands, the divorce of Prince Charles from Diana and other divorces in the family. It’s best to talk about horses, dogs, weather and well-being “- reported Wyborcza.pl.
As calculated by The Daily Telegraph, the queen traveled a distance equal to orbiting the Earth 42 times. She gave up traveling abroad only at the age of 89 in November 2015. She set off on her longest journey just a few months after the coronation: in 168 at the turn of 1953 and 1954, she visited 13 countries.
Record number of meetings
As queen, Elizabeth II took part in approx 21 thousand official events, including 180 parties at Buckingham Palace gardens, attended by a total of 1.5 million people. She was a guest at her court 112 heads of stateincluding the Emperor of Japan Hirohito, the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and the President of Poland Lech Wałęsa. The monarchini met with 13 of the 14 US presidents who have held office over the past few decades. The last president of the United States she hosted was Joe Biden, who visited the United Kingdom in 2021.
As head of the Church of England, Elizabeth II met with four popes: John XXIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.
The Queen had the opportunity to exchange a word with many figures from the world of science and show business, including with Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra or Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first people on the moon.
300,000 cards of congratulations
One of the traditions cultivated by Elizabeth II during her 70 years of reign is sending congratulatory cards to people who have reached 100 years of age. Approximately 300,000 cards with congratulations for centenarians and over 900,000 to couples celebrating their 60th anniversary.
According to the official website of Buckingham Palace, the Queen has the exclusive right to confer honorary titles. At the request of the government, the queen grants, inter alia, The Order of the Garter, the Order of the British Empire, the Order of Saint Patrick and the Order of the Baths. It is the monarch who gives noble titles. Among the people enlisted by Elizabeth II there are, among others Elton John, Judi Dench, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Captain Tom Moore – a World War II veteran who announced a fundraiser and a self-challenge during the pandemic: completing 100 laps around the house to celebrate his 100th birthday. The veteran managed to raise £ 32.8 million.
Image on hundreds of portraits and banknotes of 33 countries
From the age of seven, Elizabeth II she posed for over 200 portraits, mostly painted in traditional style. The image of the monarch is also found on the banknotes – not only on British pounds. We can find a portrait of Elizabeth II on banknotes of 33 countriesincluding New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar, “The Sydney Morning Herald” lists. Elizabeth II first appeared on a banknote in Canada in 1935. She was then eight years old.
The richest queen
The Sunday Times in 2021 estimated that the queen’s fortune is £ 365 million, which is 15 million more than a year earlier. “The enrichment was mainly due to the £ 10 million wealth left by her late husband, Prince Philip, the longest serving spouse of the British monarch (69 years and 62 days),” the weekly explained.
In service with agent 007
Elizabeth II is the only monarch in the history of Great Britain who “jumped” with a parachute in the company of James Bond. The event was part of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.
In the humorous film, a famous agent came to Buckingham Palace to take Queen Elizabeth II with him. They both got into the helicopter, flew over London (Winston Churchill greeted them alive on the monumental plinth) and jumped with parachutes over the Olympic Stadium. “At that moment … the floodlights turned to the honorary stand, which was entered by Queen Elizabeth II, who was greeted with ovation.”
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