Monday 3rd June marks the day that New Zealanders celebrate the Queens birthday with a public holiday. To help with the celebrations, here are some Queen facts you may or may not know.
The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21st April 1926 – making the Queen 93 years young.
Although born in April her birthday is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in June here in New Zealand.
The Queens birth place was 17 Burton Street, Mayfair which is now a Michelin star rated Cantonese restaurant called Hakkasan with a wine list that includes various New Zealand wines. Check out the website here (have you ever been?!)
Born a princess, the Queen was crowned on the 2nd June 1953 making it 66 years ago yesterday since she became the Queen of England. And the longest reigning monarch ever.
The Queen personally posted her first Instagram post in March this year – she has also sent over 50,000 letters and sent her first email in 1976! This is her first Instagram post.
On a visit to New Zealand in February 1986 the Queen was hit by an egg which was thrown by protesters. Referring to the egging in a speech “New Zealand has long been renowned for its dairy produce, though I should say that I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”
At 93, The Queen is not the world’s oldest head of State – Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia is ahead of the Queen by 285 days.
The Queen is a dog lover, especially of corgi’s. She was given her first Corgi on her 18th Birthday which was registered with the name Hickathrift Pippa which then became Sue then Susan. Many of the Queens future dogs descended from Susan. A kids movie is even coming out this year called The Queens Corgi
The Queen once received 3 stitches in her hand when breaking up a dog fight between her corgis.
The Crown Jewels comprise of 140 ceremonial objects and includes trumpets, maces, crowns, swords, sceptres and 1 silver spoon.
The Queen has visited New Zealand 9 times, her last visit date was in 2002. This was originally scheduled for 2001 however was postponed due to the September 11 attacks
And lastly, this photo – every single person in the picture is waiting as patiently as possible for a cuddle with baby Archie, just like any family would. While living an extra ordinary life, the Queen is a mother to 4, grandmother to 8 and great grandmother to a further 8. Happy Birthday!