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10 Things You May Not Know About Queen Elizabeth

10 She can take apart and reassemble a car engine.

9 Princess Elizabeth joined a Military Training Scheme during the Second World War, like many young women of the time, and trained as a mechanic. (see above). It was there where she learnt to ride a motorcycle. Pictured here riding a 250cc BSA C10 cycle.

8 She doesn't need a passport - Since a British passport is issued in her name, it is unnecessary for her to have one.

7 She doesn't need a driver's license - same reason as not needing a passport. Since a driving license is issued in her name she does not need one. Nor does she need a license on her vehicles.

6 With the Brexit vote we wondered, can she vote? She can vote, technically, but she does not.

5 Even though she employees over 1200 people, she still feeds her own dogs.

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

4 She speaks fluent French

3 When Princess Elizabeth married Prince Phillip, the official wedding cake was made by McVitie and Price Ltd., using ingredients given as a wedding gift by Australian Girl Guides. It weighed 500 pounds.

2 She sent her first e-mail in 1976 from a British Army base while visiting the Ministry of Defence's scientific research hub titled the Royal Signals and Research Establishment. She, (or the Royal Household) also uses Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

1 During her reign, there have been 12 US presidents, 13 British Prime Ministers (the latest being Theresa May), 7 Roman Catholic popes, 7 Archbishops of Canterbury.

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