A collection of facts proving Her Majesty has both a love of life and an untouchable sense of humor.
“You have to be able to see that figure in a lemon coat and hat from far away,” Hugo Vickers, the Queen’s biographer, told the New York Times. Here she is in a lime green suit for her 90th birthday celebration.
Her handbag is more often than not the main communication tool she uses to reach her staff.
Here, she hands out money at the Derby Cathedral in Derby, United Kingdom.
Every night before bed, she enjoys some bubbly. She once said, "For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down."
She also never needs a passport when traveling around the world.
The Queen got behind the wheel of a truck—it's how she learned to drive.
The Queen earned that distinction in 2015, when she surpassed Queen Victoria's 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne.
Another indication of her long reign.
She has also visited Australia 16 times.
Here she shakes the hand of a war veteran at her "Not Forgotten" Garden Party, a charity event to support ex service personnel.
Seen here toasting Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.
The event is known as Trooping the Colour, and famously features the royal family taking part in a procession through London and waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
At the unveiling of the new street sign, "Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II."
She is also on Twitter and Instagram, represented by @theroyalfamily, an account run by palace staffers.
And you thought you sent out a lot of holiday well-wishes.
Her first corgi, Susan, was a gift for her 18th birthday in 1944. Her last corgi, Whisper, died in 2018; she currently cares for two dorgis (corgi- dachshund mixes), Candy and Vulcan.
When one of her corgis mated with Princess Margaret's dachshund, Pipkin, she found herself the proud owner of a dorgi.
According to reports at the time.
The Queen and Prince Philip at the state opening of the British Parliament in 1977.
A Royal Collection Trust exhibition explored the monarch's visual legacy, placing official portraits by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Lucian Freud alongside Andy Warhol screenprints.
According to laws set forth over eight centuries ago, the reigning monarch holds "the right to claim ownership" over all "unmarked mute swans swimming in open waters." These days the monarch doesn't really go around claiming swans, but the Queen does celebrate an annual "Swan Upping," in which the Queen’s official Swan Marker counts all the swans in a portion of the River Thames.
Princess Elizabeth with her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, holding a pigeon.
She also saw the Terracotta Army soldier statues during her stay.
Pictured here is the Her Majesty with Queen Anne-marie of Greece and Her Majesty's new goddaughter, Princess Theodora.
Here, she presses the button to start the Enigma Code Breaking Machine, which was used at Bletchley Park during WWII, and was a forerunner to modern computers.
She visits the tube again in 1969 (pictured here) for the opening of the Victoria Line.
She received her first pony, a Shetland named Peggy, from her grandfather King George V, when she was four years old.
She still rides at Windsor, Sandringham, and Balmoral.
Here she leads her first classic winner, a filly named Carrozza, at the Oaks in Epsom.
The show, Party and the Palace, was one of the most-watched pop concerts in history, attracting over 200 million viewers. At the second concert, a crowd of around one million gathered to listen to the music.