1) Queen Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926, died peacefully on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral at the ripe age of 96.

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Queen Elizabeth II alighting her Bentley

2) The future queen married 26-year-old Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in 1947 when she was 21 and still a princess. Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI gave Prince Philip the title: Duke of Edinburgh.

3) On Feb. 6, 2022, she marked a historic milestone of 70 years on the Throne. Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 — making her the world’s eldest and longest-reigning monarch.

4) The Queen Of England was the only person in the UK that can drive a car without a license or plate number as well as travel overseas without a passport.

The reason is that the driving license, plate number, and traveling passports are all issued in her name, so it is not necessary for Her Majesty to own them.

Queen Elizabeth II driving

5) Until her death, the energetic and confident Queen still drives herself in her other cars when she’s not been ferried in her official State car, the ₦4.9 billion Bentley State limousine. She developed her love for driving during the Second World War.

Queen Elizabeth II and others

6) She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territory as a driver and mechanic during the Second World War. The then-18-year-old princess was still useful to her country despite being from the Royal family. She could change tires, rebuild engines, and drive military trucks and ambulances.

Queen Elizabeth II and her Bentley

7) The Queen’s state Bentley State limousine was a gift from Bentley Motors to mark Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Just two were ever made and each of these rides cost £10 million (around ₦4.97 billion today), making it the most expensive state car in the world.

8) She once took the former Saudi Crown Prince (later King) Abdullah on a drive in Balmoral, despite the fact that women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia then.

Former British ambassador to Saudi, Sherard Cow per-Coles, revealed in his memoir: Ever the Diplomat, that:

“[King Abdullah’s] nervousness only increased as the Queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.”

Queen Elizabeth II in a royal carriage

9) It is rumored that her favorite car is the British-made Range Rover. She has been spotted several times driving the ever-rugged SUV. She is also a fan of other British-made cars, including Bentleys, Land Rovers, and Jaguars.

10) During Her reign, spanning 70 years, the Queen visited Nigeria twice – first in 1956, while her second visit was in 2003 during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo.

Queen Elizabeth II in Nigeria

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11) During her first visit to Nigeria on February 27, 1956, Elizabeth II spent a lot of her stay in the northern part of the country.

She was chauffeured around in a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith belonging to the then-Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi I.

The Rolls-Royce was used to chauffeur Queen Elizabeth II husband from the airport to meet the then Oba of Lagos, Oba Adeniji Adele ll.

12) Queen Elizabeth II’s Rolls-Royce was chauffeured in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV ‘Landaulett’ in Lagos during her first visit to Nigeria in 1956.

The Rolls-Royce was used to chauffeur her and her husband from the airport to meet the then Oba of Lagos, Oba Adeniji Adele ll.

13) Nigerian Head of States Yakubu Gowon and Ibrahim Babangida as well as President Shehu Shagari rode with Queen Elizabeth II during their official visit to London, UK, in 1973, 1989, and 1981 respectively.

Queen Elizabeth II on the different occasions of her visit to Nigeria