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100 Royal Facts about Queens

1Dating

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip started dating/courting when he was 18 and she was 13. - Source


2. Alexander Graham Bell committed a social faux pas when he unintentionally touched Queen Victoria's hand when he demonstrated the telephone for her. Others in the audience gasped in horror but the Queen only noted how impressed she was with the telephone.


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3. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to be photographed. - Source


4. During Queen Victoria's adult life, she has estimated to have written 2,500 words a day. - Source


5. Duckies ("duckys") was a medieval English slang term for a woman's breasts, used by (among others) Henry VIII in letters to Anne Boleyn (Queen of England). - Source


6Robert Bulwer Lytton

Over 5.5 million people died in a famine under the British rule in India. Around the same time, Lord Robert Bulwer Lytton, the viceroy of India was engaged in a fabulous celebration with over 60,000 guests to be wined and fed for the coronation of Queen Victoria as the Empress of India. - Source


7. In July 1878, William McGonagall walked from Dundee to Balmoral, a distance of about 60 miles (97 km) over mountainous terrain and through a violent thunderstorm to perform for Queen Victoria. When he arrived, he announced himself as "The Queen's Poet". The guards informed him "You're not the Queen's poet! Tennyson is the Queen's poet!" (Alfred Lord Tennyson was the poet laureate). McGonagall presented the letter but was refused entry and had to return home. - Source


8. Empress Catherine the Great founded an orphanage in Moscow to turn Russia's thousands of abandoned children into model citizens. Over 40,000 were admitted in her reign, but it failed disastrously due to 87% of them dying of disease. - Source


9. The first Queen to rule Egypt was named Hatshepsut. She ruled 18 centuries before Cleopatra. - Source


10. Marie Antoinette syndrome designates the condition in which scalp hair suddenly turns white. The name alludes to the unhappy Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755-1793), whose hair allegedly turned white the night before her last walk to the guillotine during the French Revolution. She was 38 years old when she died.


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11William "Billy" Windsor I

In the British Army, there was a Goat named William "Billy" Windsor I who was ranked Lance Corporal. Billy was once temporarily demoted for "lack of decorum" and "disobeying a direct order" at Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday parade. - Source


12. According to legend, in 1845, Ottoman ruler Abdulmejid I declared his intention to send £10,000 to the victims of the Irish potato famine but was instructed to send only £1,000, so as not to donate more than Queen Victoria, who had sent £2,000. He sent £1,000 along with three or five ships full of food. - Source


13. The surname Stuart was created by Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, to ensure that the French said her name correctly since they tend to pronounce "w" like "v". - Source


14. The Byzantine Empress Theodora began her life as an actress of ill repute in the hippodrome and was even rumored to perform shows where geese would eat barley off her naked body in front of thousands of people. - Source


15. Queen Elizabeth II has never given a press interview, has gone to an election or has publicly expressed a personal opinion.


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16Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey was executed simply for being related to Henry VIII and for being nominated Queen by her cousin. Even the executioner asked for her forgiveness before carrying out the beheading. - Source


17. Despite being called “Bloody Mary”, Queen Mary I of England didn’t kill nearly as many people as her father, Henry VIII. Her inflated infamy was mostly Protestant propaganda. - Source


18. Queen Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Corgis over her reign. - Source


19. Due to inbreeding amongst the Ptolemies, Cleopatra had only two pairs of great-grandparents. One of those pairs was the son and daughter of the other. - Source


20. Cleopatra was not perceived as very beautiful. Plutarch states that it was her wit and charm that drew people to her. - Source


21Asp snake

Despite the story that Cleopatra killed herself by letting an asp bite her, she most probably killed herself using a mixture of opium and hemlock. - Source


22. Pharaoh Hatshepsut disguised herself as male, reigned longer than any other woman, and was one of the most successful pharaohs of Egypt. - Source


23. Queen Elizabeth II had two mentally disabled cousins named Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon who were institutionalized for 40+ years. Their family never visited them, never sent birthday or Christmas gifts or cards, provided false dates of death to the public before they died and did not attend the elder daughter's funeral. - Source


24. The crude anger of Queen Elizabeth II was once accidentally filmed during an argument with Prince Philip. She was filmed throwing tennis shoes and a racquet at him. The Australian film crew, under mild encouragement destroyed the footage out of respect. - Source


25. Queen Elizabeth has a Big Mouth Billy Bass that she keeps at the Royal Family summer home. - Source

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