Queen Elizabeth II
- The queen has not one but two birthdays: April 21, the day of her 1926 birth, and a designated "official birthday," which varies by each Commonwealth country. It's typically a day in May or June, and since 1748, Britain has merged its monarch's birthday celebration with the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
- Queen Elizabeth II's nickname is "Lilibet," which came about because she couldn't pronounce her own name.
- She became heir presumptive at just 10 years old. Her father unexpectedly became King in 1936 when her uncle, King Edward VII, abdicated the throne.
- During World War II, then Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a mechanic and driver.