5 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was formally crowned  monarch of the United Kingdom following the unexpected death of her father. Here are 5 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the longest-reigning British monarch....

 
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The Queen's Proper Title is Quite a Mouthful The Queen's full title—Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith—is rather a mouthful.

She Doesn't Need A Passport To Travel The Queen is probably one of the most traveled people in the world, having visited some 116 nations during her reign. Despite all of those journeys though, the Queen has never needed a passport. "As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one,” reads the royal family’s website. For the same reason, she also doesn’t have a driver’s license but is free to drive on public roads. Oh, and she's exempt from taxes, but still voluntarily pays income and capital gains taxes.

 
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She Was The First Head Of State To Use Email In 1974, Queen Elizabeth II sent an email while at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. It was sent on the precursor to the internet, known as ARPANET, and was the first head of state to ever use such a service. Meanwhile, she sent her first Tweet through a royal account in 2014 to mark the opening of the Science Museum.

She Brings Her Own Toilet Paper on the Road. Despite being an experienced traveler, The Queen doesn't pack light. In addition to dozens of outfits, her own food and water, and even a personal supply of blood that matches her type, Elizabeth brings her own toilet paper wherever she goes. You can recognize it by the special seal holding each fresh roll together—only Phillip or The Queen herself are allowed to break it.

Humor Will Be Banned From British Television After Her Death It’s one of those strange but true things; humor is banned on British television for 12 days after the queen dies. Once the BBC announces her death, it will be airing documentaries about the life of the queen and cannot show anything that is humorous until after the funeral. Reportedly, the BBC keeps black suits and other appropriate clothing available, so newscasters can change quickly when the need arises.