This June marks the 61 years of The Queen’s reign – test your coronation knowledge now
Back on 2 June 1953 three million people lined the streets of London to cheer The Queen on her way to her Coronation at Westmintser Abbey. In front of more than 8,000 guests – including prime ministers and heads of state from around the world – she took the solemn oath to serve her people and maintain the laws of God. The whole country joined in the celebrations with street parties and for the first time many households were able to watch the Coronation in their own homes as the whole event was televised.
How many of these facts about one of our longest serving monarchs did you know?
The Queen’s real birthday is 21 April but it is celebrated officially in June.
The Queen is the second longest serving monarch – only beaten by Queen Victoria who served for 63 years and has 30 godchildren.
Since 1952 – the date she ascended the throne after the death of her father King George VI – The Queen has given Royal Assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament.
The Queen has conferred over 400,000 honours and awards during her reign and has sent over 175,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and Commonwealth.
She has launched 21 ships and attended 35 Royal Variety Performances and broadcast to the country on Christmas Day every year of her reign apart from 1969 when a special documentary film – Royal Family – was shown instead.
A huge fan of horse racing, the Queen owns many thoroughbred horses. The registered royal racing colours (silks) are the same as George VI and King Edward VII – a purple and scarlet jacket with gold braiding and a black cap. In 2013 The Queen’s horse Estimate won the Gold Cup at Ascot – the firs time it had ever been won by a reigning monarch in its 200-year history.