Ten fun things about The Queen.
3 She is a patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association and maintains the Royal Lofts at Sandringham.
Sir Michael Adeane, the Queen's Private Secretary, would send out a six-thousand word document in advance to hosts explaining the royal requirements. There were detailed instructions about gifts. Animals were not really welcome, explained Adeane's briefing, but his warning was not always heeded. Touring the Gambia in 1961, the Queen was offered a baby crocodile in a biscuit tin. It had to spend a night in the bath of Sir Martin Charteris.
7 When she was positioned behind a high lectern at the White House in 1991, a TV man was heard shouting: ‘All I’ve got is a talking hat!’
Queen Elizabeth II spends several sessions every month sitting to have her portrait painted by artists commissioned by high commissions, town halls and regimental messes. 'Now then,' she has been known to say as she enters the room, 'with teeth or without?'
One day a preacher leaving Glamis Castle promised to send Princess Elizabeth, then a little girl of ten, a book as a gift. She thanked him and added, ‘Not about God - I know everything about him.’