The Queen

At 96 years of age, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled longer than any other British monarch and this year she is celebrating 70 years on the throne.
Despite looking frail and needing to rest between her public duties, she continues to perform her role with grace, dignity and remarkable resilience.
She became queen when she was 25 after her father, King George VI passed away in 1952. She was crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and has been ruling the United Kingdom and her overseas territories ever since.
As monarch, the Queen has some political power, but these days she doesn’t use these reserve powers very often and tends to stay out of, and above, politics. That being said, she does have quite a bit of influence, and has the right to encourage, and to warn.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the Queen has billions of pounds and could easily outspend British billionaires and titans of industry such as Richard Branson, James Dyson and Jim Ratcliffe. However, this is not true. She is the richest royal, though and her net wealth is estimated at more than £350 million. Quite honestly, I thought it would be more, especially since her picture is on all the money!
Despite being very much in the public eye, there are many things we do not know about the Queen. However, we do know that she enjoys a nice cup of Earl Grey tea from time to time, and that she has a bowl of Special K cereal every morning.
Rumour has it she likes an evening gin and Dubonnet or a glass of champagne. Of course, we also know she loves her pet corgis! She’s had over 30 of them since she first became queen in 1952.

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