84 Regal Facts About Queens That World Has Seen


26Royal Bastards society

Royal Bastards society

There is a society in the UK called the "Royal Bastards", consisting of illegitimate descendants of British Royalty. As she has both legitimate and illegitimate ancestry, Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to join.

27. In 1956, French Prime Minister Guy Mollet proposed a union between the United Kingdom and France with Elizabeth II as head of state and a common citizenship.

28. In 1982, a man named Michael Fagan managed to break into Buckingham Palace, ate some cheese, drank some wine, only to leave and come back another day to have a bedside chat with Queen Elizabeth II.

29. Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom, is also the Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

30. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip started dating/courting when he was 18 and she was 13.

31Big Mouth Billy Bass

Big Mouth Billy Bass

Queen Elizabeth has a Big Mouth Billy Bass that she keeps at the Royal Family summer home.

32. Queen Elizabeth II had two mentally disabled cousins named Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon who were institutionalized for 40+ years. Their family never visited them, never sent birthday or Christmas gifts or cards, provided false dates of death to the public before they died and did not attend the elder daughter's funeral.

33. In the British Army, there was a Goat named William "Billy" Windsor I who was ranked Lance Corporal. Billy was once temporarily demoted for "lack of decorum" and "disobeying a direct order" at Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday parade.

34. Pharaoh Hatshepsut disguised herself as male, reigned longer than any other woman, and was one of the most successful pharaohs of Egypt.

35. The Byzantine Empress Theodora began her life as an actress of ill repute in the hippodrome and was even rumored to perform shows where geese would eat barley off her naked body in front of thousands of people.

36Joséphine de Beauharnais

Joséphine de Beauharnais

Despite Napoleon divorcing Joséphine de Beauharnais so he could have an heir, his first wife Josephine is the ancestor of five of the current royal houses of Europe. Napoleon is the ancestor of none.

37. The Chevalier d'Éon, a French diplomat and spy, appeared publicly as male for 49 years but once infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by posing as a woman. In 1777, he began dressing publicly as a woman and claimed to be female.

38. Razia Sultana was the first and last female ruler of Delhi Sultanate. She dressed like a man and sat in open durbar.

39. In 1550s, Catherine de' Medici of France was so disgusted by women with "thick waists", she enforced a ban on them from her court. This lead to the widespread use of the corset throughout western civilization for the next 350 years.

40. In 1533, when Catherine de' Medici became queen of France; she was so fancied by spinach, she insisted it to be served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as "Florentine", reflecting Catherine's birth in Florence.

41Nefertiti's bust

Nefertiti's bust

Underneath the surface of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti's bust is a sculpture of an older and more wrinkly Nefertiti.

42. The ancient Roman empress Valeria Messalina liked to work on the side as a prostitute, and won a competition with other prostitutes to see who could take more men.

43. The Queen's actual title is "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith".

44. In Han China, a rival concubine was tortured by Empress Lu Zhi by having her limbs, tongue, and eyes removed. She was then locked in a latrine to live the rest of her days as a "Human Swine."

45. Under the Russian empress Elizaveta, there were literally a fashion police.

46Empress Myeongseong

Empress Myeongseong

In 1895, Empress Myeongseong of Korea was murdered and had her corpse burned by 20 Japanese agents. A Russian architect made an eyewitness account.

47. There is a cargo cult named Prince Philip Movement of the Yaohnanen tribe in Vanuatu that worships the Queen's Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Phillip.

48. Claudia Octavia was an empress of Ancient Rome. Her father (Emperor Claudius) executed her mother, her step-mother assassinated her father, her step-brother/husband (Emperor Nero) assassinated her brother and step-mother, and then she was executed by her step-brother/husband.

49. The famous Hawaiian song "Aloha 'Oe" was written by the last Queen of Hawai'i, Liliuokalani, who transcribed it while imprisoned after a coup that ultimately led to Hawaii's annexation into the U.S.

50. The rules of chess were changed in the 15th-century to reflect the accomplishments of Queen Isabella.