Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, officially known as Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, is the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from February 6, 1952. She was born on April 21, 1926, in London, England. In 2015 she defeated Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
How much do you know about the royal life of the Queen of England who has such a great influence all over the world? We bring you the most amazing facts about the incredible powers which only she has!
Incredible powers of Queen of England
The Queen can drive without a license
One requires driving licenses issued in his/her name and so driving licenses are issued in the Queen’s name too. But still, she is the only person in the United Kingdom who doesn’t legally need a license to drive or a number plate on her cars.
The Queen doesn’t need a passport
Unlike other members of the Royal family, the Queen does not require a passport, as they all are in her name. Despite this lack of travel documents, she has been abroad many times.
She has two birthdays
When you’re the queen of England, one birthday just isn’t enough. The Queen’s official birthday is on a Saturday in June, though her actual birthday is on April 21. Official celebrations marking the queen’s birthday is on a day other than her actual birthday.
She has her own private cash machine
A private cash machine for the use of the royal family is there in the basement of Buckingham Palace. It’s provided by Coutts, one of Britain’s most prestigious and exclusive banks.
She’s the head of a religion
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Church of England, Britain’s state religion. Her formal title is a defender of the faith and supreme governor of the Church of England. She also has the power to appoint Bishops.
The Queen is the head of state in Australia
As the head of state in Australia, the Queen has certain powers over the government. She holds the ability to fire the entire Australian Government.
She has to sign laws
The Queen’s consent is necessary to turn any bill into actual law. Once a proposed law has passed both houses of Parliament, it makes its way to the Palace for approval, which is called “Royal Assent.”
She doesn’t have to pay tax
The Queen does not have to pay tax, but she has been voluntarily paying income tax and capital gains tax since 1992.
The rights over water animals
The Queen still technically owns all the whales, and dolphins in the waters around the UK. She also owns all the swans in the river Thames of United Kingdom.
She can create lords (Judiciary)
The Queen has the power to appoint Lords, who can then sit in Parliament, the upper house in Britain’s legislative system. Like many other powers, this is exercised only on the advice of elected government ministers.
Apart from the surprising powers, she is having, the crown also carries lots of responsibility. There are expectations from Queen Elizabeth to be a symbol of British values like unity, pride, stability, and continuity.
Author: Aashi Bansal
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