In her nearly 64 years of reign, Queen Elizabeth II has proved she is one super cool royal. These are the top 10 times Her Majesty the Queen was a total boss.
10. When she celebrated her 21st birthday with a radio broadcast. On April 21, 1947, Princess Elizabeth celebrated her 21st birthday with a Commonwealth radio broadcast from Cape Town, South Africa. In it, the Princess dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.
9. When she wore an embellished wedding gown unlike any other. Ten thousand pearls were imported from the United States for the gown the Princess wore to wed Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947. Her ivory dutchess satin dress was embroidered with garlands of lily heads and white York roses with orange blossoms and ears of corn.
8. When the world stopped on her Coronation day. On the day of Elizabeth’s coronation, June 2, 1953, a quarter of the world’s population took off from work in celebration.
7. When she delivered the first televised Christmas message. The Christmas broadcast, inaugurated by George V, has served to provide a powerful connection between the monarch and the people of the Commonwealth since the 1930s. On December 25, 1957, the 25th anniversary of the first Christmas broadcast on radio, Elizabeth II used the latest technology to connect even more directly with the public.
6. When she named, by the act of declaring it aloud, the famous ocean liner known as the Queen Elizabeth the Second. The great mystery to be revealed on the day the QE2 launched was the name of the vessel. Written on a slip of paper that was handed to the Queen was simply “Queen Elizabeth,” the intended name of the ship. It was she who chose that it would be known as the Queen Elizabeth the Second.
5. When she dodged an assassination attempt. On June 13, 1981, a teenager fired six shots at the Queen when she was riding her horse on her way to the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. She was unharmed, was able to calm her horse, and continued along the parade route.
4. When part of the British Antarctic territory was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth Land. The Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee was marked in many different ways in order to provide a lasting legacy of her 60 years on the throne. In December 2012, the British Foreign Office announced that a portion of the British Antarctic territory would be known as Queen Elizabeth Land.
3. When she “jumped” from a Royal helicopter with “James Bond” to open the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. As part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Her Majesty the Queen participated in a skit with Daniel Craig as James Bond to descend upon London’s Olympic Stadium in style and officially open the games during her Diamond Jubilee year.
2. When she sent out her first tweet. The Queen sent out her first tweet to 724,000 followers of @BritishMonarchy, an account previously managed by palace officials, while at the Science Museum in London on October 24, 2014.
1. When she became the longest-reigning British monarch in history. On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II passed Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 216 days on the throne to become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Long live the Queen!