Four things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth

STORY: Four things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth

1//She was a great mimic

(Ex-Royal Correspondent, Charles Rae)

"She entertained privately members of her family with impersonations of various world leaders, and apparently she is a very good mimic and could have made a reasonable career of it, to be perfectly honest.’’

2//She had a delightful sense of humor

(Royal Biographer, Penny Junor)

‘’I think we all saw a different side with the Queen when she jumped out of that, when she went along with that James Bond spoof and jumped out of the helicopter for the opening of the London Olympics. So I think that what the Queen has is a very professional front that she has shown the world in her professional role and a very mischievous and and delightful sense of humor that she has in private and that her family see.’’

3//Her shoes were broken in for her

(Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar, Lydia Slater)

“Well, obviously the Queen has to be on her feet quite a lot, potentially. And so it's incredibly important that she is comfortable and I believe it is the case that she has her shoes, which are sort of patent and low heeled, broken in for her by a member of staff before she ever wears them. So this, this member of staff, obviously with the same sized feet, has to wear them on carpet for several days before the Queen puts them on just to make sure they don't rub and give her blisters, which obviously could potentially be disastrous if she's on her feet.’’

4//She rode the Ascot course

(Biographer and Historian, Matthew Dennison)

‘’I think almost everybody knows that the queen has a great love of racing. But I think possibly people don't recognise that she has effectively all but raced herself, that it was a royal family tradition in the early years of the Queen's reign, that, that, that during Ascot week, the royal family themselves would, would, would race before the racing began one morning. And, you know, the queen and members of her family did indeed ride extremely fast over the course. I think this kind of sums up her you know, her love of horses, but also her physical bravery. And I think somewhere there, there's a kind of poignancy because in moving incredibly quickly on horseback among a group of family-trusted courtiers and close friends, there's a kind of freedom that obviously she didn't very often have.’’