Queen Elizabeth ii

Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten

Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Elizabeth ii, the former Prince of Greece and Denmark, in 1947, she paid for her wedding dress with clothing ration coupons.

Elizabeth saved up to purchase the material for her bridal gown, an ivory satin creation designed by Norman Hartline and encrusted with more than 10,000 pearls, but not enough to cover all of it.

Engaged girls from around the country donated their rations in order to make the moment happen.

Queen Elizabeth  said to use the precise position of her purse to signal cryptic messages to staff. For example, placing it on the table is an indicator that she is ready to leave and would like to exit the event within the next five minutes.

When she’s ready to wrap up a dull conversation, she supposedly switches her handbag from one arm to another, which prompts her staff to move in. Placing the item on the floor sends the same memo.

Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Elizabeth ii

Queen Elizabeth ii understands the importance of a beauty touch up, particularly when it comes to lipstick.

“At the end of a luncheon or a dinner, even a banquet set with silver gilt and antique porcelain, she has the somewhat outre habit of opening her bag, pulling out a compact, and reapplying her lipstick,” royal biographer Sally Be dell Smith once wrote.

While the move isn’t outside of royal protocol, it was down-to-earth enough to convince Laura Bush to do the same.queen elizabeth ii

Queen Elizabeth ii learned to drive in 1945 when she joined the women’s branch of the British Army and served as a mechanic and ambulance driver towards the close of the Second World War.

The first and only member of the royal family to have ever been trained to change a spark plug.

Although she doesn’t have a license, she has been known to get into the driver’s seat on occasion, such as when she escorted former Saudi King (then Prince) Abdullah for a joy ride around Balmoral in her Land Rover in 1998.