In 1927, Nan Britton, mistress of US President Warren G. Harding, claimed that her daughter, Elizabeth, had been fathered by Harding, and maintained this despite skepticism until her death in 1991. in 2015, DNA testing confirmed Elizabeth was indeed Harding's daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Queen Elizabeths grandfather, King George V, was euthanized by his physician. The physician wrote in his journal that he euthanized the King so that his death would be announced in the morning newspapers, rather than the "less appropriate evening journals". wikipedia.org/wiki/George…
US sitcom Bewitched had a 1970 episode explicitly addressing racism. It was written by 26 African-American students from a tenth grade English class and was the favourite episode of series star Elizabeth Montgomery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned about Elizabeth Cochrane, who, under the pseudonym of Nellie Bly, got herself admitted into an insane asylum in Blackwell's Island by feigning insanity to uncover what really goes on there and how the patients are treated. Her exposΓ© of the conditions of the patients were collected into a book digital.library.upenn.edu…
When Alan Alda was seven years old he contracted polio. To combat the disease his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny consisting of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) is a polyglot who speaks ~10 languages; English, French, Flemish, Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish and Irish. At the age of 12, she translated religious works by her stepmother in English to French, Latin, and Italian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
Queen Elizabeth II specifically asked to be in a James Bond skit with Daniel Craig for the Olympics, breaking royal protocol. When asked if she would like to say something she said, "Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me." olympics.nbcsports.com/20…
In 1589, William Lee was refused a patent grant for his knitting machine after Elizabeth I feared automation would lead to mass unemployment britannica.com/biography/…
The Queen of England - Queen Elizabeth II likes comfortable shoes from day one so her dresser Angela Kelly breaks in her majesties shoes for her. marieclaire.co.uk/fashion…
Queen Elizabeth I made a bet with Sir Walter Raleigh that he couldn’t weigh the smoke of a new import from America - tobacco. She lost the bet. [5:16 mark] youtu.be/pR8JUQVbaEg
When Julie Andrews received her damehood in 2000, Queen Elizabeth said to her that she’d β€˜been waiting for this for a very long time.’ One of Julie Andrews’ earliest performances was at age 13, singing β€œGod Save the King” before a then Princess Elizabeth. youtu.be/wFjYb4xpBas
England’s Crown Jewels has 142 pieces including a spoon and walking stick. It is the only full set of regalia of its kind in the world and owned by Queen Elizabeth II. ancient.eu/British_Crown_…
There were actual blue colored people living in Kentucky, descendants of Martin Fugate and Elizabeth Smith (1820's) who were both carriers of the recessive methemoglobinemia (met-H) gene. Their last known descendent with the condition was Benjamin Stacy, born in 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
, when Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, huge celebrations broke out on the streets of London. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister secretly left Buckingham Palace to join the crowds outside, with Elizabeth describing it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life" britishlegion.org.uk/stor…
After all the local swans were eaten by Alligators a Florida woman wrote to Queen Elizabeth for assistance. The Queen provided two royal Swans. The Swans alive in Lakeland today are their direct descendants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Elizabeth Taylor's funeral was started 15 minutes late - at her request - so she could be "late to her own funeral." cbsnews.com/news/elizabet…
Among Queen Elizabeth II's many honours - she is an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. Its award certificate "require all officers, seamen, tadpoles and goldfish under your command to be obedient to your orders as Admiral". Nebraska is America's only triply landlocked state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neb…
Queen Elizabeth has met 12 US presidents during her reign. Which is over a quarter of all presidents since the United States' inception. businessinsider.com/queen…
Henry Winkler is an honorary OBE awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The incumbent monarchs of 5 out of the 7 remaining European kingdoms (the UK, Denmark, Norway, Spain and Sweden) are all descendants of Queen Victoria, as well as Elizabeth II's husband, Philip, which makes them third cousins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Queen Elizabeth II has seen 13 different UK Prime Ministers come into power, with the first one being Winston Churchill. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Elizabeth Hamilton posed for her most famous portrait in a New York City prison. Ralph Earl, the painter, was in prison for not paying his personal debt. However, he was the only professional painter in the city at the time leading to the socialite posing in the jail. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
That the children of Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, carry no Royal Titles. They are still in the Royal line of succession but have no peerage titles because thier father was common born and refused a title upon marriage into the Royal Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
"Big Ben" is not a clock, a tower, or even a building. It is the name of the large bell that is located inside Elizabeth tower. britainexpress.com/London…
Today I learned of Marchioness Elizabeth Conyngham, the last mistress of King George IV. A contemporary dismissed her as having "Not an idea in her head; not a word to say for herself; nothing but a hand to accept pearls and diamonds with, and an enormous balcony to wear them on” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a big fan of The Golden Girls, and the cast performed several in-character skits for her and the Royal Family at her request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to have a sapphire jubilee, marking 65 years of reign. There were no public celebrations and she spent the day in "quiet reflection" and undertaking official work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap…
Sovereign immunity means that as head of the state Queen Elizabeth 'cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution'. As well as this, the Queen also benefits from diplomatic immunity. britishheritage.com/can-q…
Babington Plot was a plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and put Mary, Queen of Scots, on the throne. Elizabeth's spymaster Francis Walsingham who discovered the plan, planted double agents and cryptanalyst to it. Intercepted letters showed Mary's sanction to the plot, leading to her execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Today I learned about Elizabeth McWilliams, a nurse's aid who took care of influenza patients in 1918. She worked tirelessly for patients before contracting the illness herself and dying. Her last words were "I am happy because I've tried to be a real American." loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
Queen Elizabeth always brings her own toilet paper while traveling scmp.com/magazines/style/…
Today I learned that the scene in Dragonheart where they are training in castle ruins is actually Čachtice Castle a.k.a. Home to Countess Elizabeth BΓ thory - the most prolific female serial killer who is rumored to bathe in virgin blood to retain her youth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4…
Queen Elizabeth once went for a walk near her Balmoral estate with one of her protection officers and met some American tourists who didn’t recognise her. They asked her if she’d ever met the Queen and she said β€œNo”, then pointed to her officer and said β€œhe has”. They didn’t connect the dots. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Niue an associated island state of New Zealand minted legal tender for 1 New Zealand dollar with Queen Elizabeth II on one side and Darth Vader on the other. Other notable coins feature Pikachu, Dr Who, Jesus and Simba. govmint.com/2017-niue-2-d…
Queen Elizabeth II was the Queen of Nigeria in 1960-1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
That, when Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war ended following intervention from the British military, the grateful public left graffiti in the streets of the capital that said, among other things, "Queen Elizabeth for king!" theguardian.com/world/201…
Mary Queen of Scots suspected of murdering her husband fled to England for help. Cousin Queen Elizabeth I, threatened by Mary’s claim to her throne, imprisoned her 19 yrs then beheaded her. Elizabeth had no children so Mary’s son ironically became first king over England, Scotland & Ireland history.com/this-day-in-h…
Queen Elizabeth II has a personal bagpiper that plays under her window every morning. wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_…
The Queen of England is not the Queen of Canada or any other independent commonwealth nation. Although the position is held by the same person (Queen Elizabeth II), each country's monarchy is separate and legally distinct. thecanadaguide.com/govern…
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip are both second cousins once-removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins as both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the first reigning English monarchs to visit America in 1939, 163 years after the American Revolution. history.house.gov/Blog/20…
As the Queen of Jamaica, Elizabeth II is referred to as "Missis Queen" or "The Queen Lady" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Queen Elizabeth, mother of Elizabeth II, had numerous nicknames, including: Buffy, Cookie, the Dowdy Duchess, the Fat Scotch Cook, the First Lady of the Turf, the Merry Mischief, the Most Dangerous Woman in Europe, the Original Queen of Hearts, the Smiling Duchess, the Upmarket Alf Garnett en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Elizabeth Taylorβ€˜s voluminous eyelashes were caused by a rare genetic mutation which was responsible for her having 2 rows of eyelashes. healthland.time.com/2011/…
English singer Birdy's real name is Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde. Her stage name came from a nickname her parents gave her as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Today I learned of a musician named Elizabeth Cotten. She was a self-taught left-handed guitarist, who played a guitar strung for a right-handed player. She played it upside down, as she was left-handed. Her signature style became known as "Cotten picking", and she is known today as a pioneer in the folk genre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Wanda Barzee, the wife of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper (and accomplice to the abduction) is currently free, having been released from prison in 2018 nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna…
In 2015 Forbes named Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America based on a $9 billion valuation of her company. Yet within a year, following revelations of potential fraud about its claims, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Sir Francis Drake was considered a hero in England with Queen Elizabeth I awarding him knighthood in 1581. However, the Spanish considered him a pirate. King Philip II once offered a reward of 20,000 ducats ($8 million USD) for his capture or death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…

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