When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Pomeranians used to be much bigger, weighing about 40 lbs (18 kilos). Then Queen Victoria got a tiny one, which immediately became popular. By the time she died 12 years later, the size of the breed had decreased by half. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
Queen Victoria's engagement ring was shaped like a serpent. Prince Albert designed the ring by himself. During this time, serpents were a popular symbol of love. They are also an ancient Roman symbol for everlasting love. thehistorypress.co.uk/art…
The Queen/King of England has complete veto power over Canadian executive bills but has never used this power since the formation of the Canadian Government. sencanada.ca/en/about/pro…
In the event of The Queen's death (Operation London Bridge), Radio New Zealand stations are specifically instructed not to play music by the band Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
Freddie Mercury spent his last months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Ant queens can take over other colonies by murdering their real queen and bathing in her bodily fluids to avoid detection. Since ants can only parasitize other specific species, it is speculated that some ants decorate their homes with the heads of other ant species to mask their own scent. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned that the Queen sl has some power, and isn’t just there as a tourist attraction and cultural staple. history.howstuffworks.com…
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 was furious with the United States when it invaded Grenada. She believed that they should have asked her permission beforehand. psa.ac.uk/events/usa-cari…
When Richard the Lionheart got married, he was busy with the Crusades, so his bride came to Cyprus for the wedding. Richard then deposed the ruler of Cyprus, claiming the island for England. Richard wrapped the ruler in gold and silver chains, and presented him to the new queen as a wedding gift mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Barbara Bach who was Russian agent XXX the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me, auditioned for Charlie's Angels prompting them to ask her manager if she could play an American. Bach was born in Queens, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Blackbeard is most famous for his legendary blockade of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. In 1718, Blackbeard entered Charleston Harbor in his ship known as Queen Anne's Revenge with three smaller ships. He proceeded to plunder five merchant ships entering or leaving the harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned of Whitney Kropp, a bullied girl who was nominated for homecoming queen by her bullies as a prank. It backfired when the whole town rallied around her and supported her nomination. She ended up winning. edition.cnn.com/2012/09/2…
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury threw a party where he had dwarves walk around with plates full of cocaine strapped to the tops of their heads, as an offering to his guests. theguardian.com/media/200…
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…
On Pretzel Sunday, a spring celebration in Luxembourg, the Pretzel Queen and a group of bakers parade through the city of Luxembourg and hand out pretzels for free, accompanied by a small tourist train decorated with pretzels and a marching band. justarrived.lu/en/the-bre…
Heath Ledger was developing the novel of 'The Queen's Gambit' as his directorial debut, with Ellen Page set to star before his death in January 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In her nearly 70 year reign, the Queen has visited 116 countries in the world, but Greece is not one of them, despite her husband been born there. The reason is believed to be that Philip hates his birth country, because of how they treated his family over the years bbc.com/news/magazine-179…
Buckingham Palace has a tradition of taking an MP hostage when the Queen enters Parliament, in case something bad happens to her insider.com/buckingham-pa…
Freddie Mercury, upon releasing his only solo album in 1985, added special thanks to his Queen bandmates, Brian, Roger and John, β€œfor not interfering”. Less than three months later Queen performed their legendary live set at Wembley for Live Aid udiscovermusic.com/storie…
The "queen" in chess used to be the "advisor" which could only move one square diagonally. It wasn't until chess was brought to Europe and the rise of female monarchs during the 15th century was the "advisor" replaced with the "queen". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
John Dee (known for being her Majesty’s dark conjuror) was the inspiration for the James Bond franchise. Dee & Queen Elizabeth I secretly corresponded through letters that were written in secret code. His coded signature on the letters was 007. woe.edu.pl/content/dr-joh…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
People living in Commonwealth countries get a birthday card from the Queen of England when they turn 100, 105, and all birthdays after that. gov.uk/get-birthday-anniv…
Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. bbc.co.uk/newsround/46454…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
From 1513 to 1972, the Danish Kings were named Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick, Christian, Frederick (it ended with the current monarch, a Queen) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Phengaris Rebeli, a cartepillar that tricks certain species of ants into believing that they are the queen and take over the ant nest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Today I learned about Michael Fagan: The Intruder Who Broke Into Buckingham Palace. Without any premeditated intention, the 33-year-old managed to find his way into Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom while she was sleeping. biography.com/news/michae…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Today I learned about "the boy jones" who stole Queen Victoria's clothing and stuffed them in his trousers and lived in Buckingham Palace chimneys for a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem, who agreed to annul her marriage to Guy de Lusignan to appease the High Court, on the condition that she have free rein to choose her next husband after her coronation. Upon being crowned queen, Sibylla immediately announced that she chose Guy as her husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sib…
The common white (western) wedding dresses we see today were popularized when Queen Victoria wore one for her royal wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 insider.com/why-are-weddi…
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…
In 1771, Sarah Wilson, the maid of Queen Charlotte's Maid of Honor was sentenced to indentured labor in America for theft. Upon reaching there, she escaped and posed as the Queen's sister, living a life of luxury, defrauding many wealthy people with the promise of an audience with the queen. hsp.org/blogs/history-hit…
Anthropomorphic taxidermy enraptured Victorians and was at the epicenter of the 19th century art world. Dead rodents mimicked the style of fashionable paintings and sculptures and the work dazzled the likes of Darwin, Dickens, Bronte, and Carroll. Queen Victoria called it "really marvelous". atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland. Folkore says that she once rallied her crew and successfully defended her ship from a pirate ambush an hour after giving birth at sea. rmg.co.uk/discover/explor…
In Ancient Anatolia a queen's bodyguard named Gyges ascended to the throne of Lydia after the king offered to let Gyges sneak into his room to see the queen naked. The queen spotted Gyges, and the next day gave him a choice to kill the king or die. He killed the king and became king himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyg…
Today I learned of SeΓ‘n na Sagart, hired by England to hunt Catholic priests who didn't recognize the Protestant Queen. He would capture/kill priests by pretending to be sickly and would call for a priest to confess his sins. He was killed attempting to attack a disguised priest at a fellow priest's funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Queen composed the first thrash metal song in history, Stone Cold Crazy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
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
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 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…
In 1936 Robert Moses once decided to begin demolishing a ferry terminal in Astoria, Queens despite a 60 day moratorium on it's demolition. The ferry was still moving commuters across the East River when they started. Mayor La Guardia himself had to dispatch the police to halt the demolition. takeawalknewyork.com/blog…
The name Calfornia comes from the fictional Queen Calafia, a pagan warrior queen who ruled a kingdom of black women, in a 16th-century Spanish romance novel. This name came from "calif"--the leader of an Islamic community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
The Queen of England is still the head of state in Canada, Australia, The Bahamas, The Solomon Islands, and a handful of other countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Queen bees can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
39 different US cities have been nicknamed "the Queen City". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…

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