The Queen & Britain's Got Talent
Queen Elizabeth II
Britain’s Got Talent finally ended today. Congratulations to the Winner – DIVERSITY who will now perform before the Queen later in the year at the Royal Variety Performance. (Commiserations to Susan Boyle).
The Royal Variety Performance is a gala evening that takes place every year in the UK and its attended by Senior Members of the Royal family including the Queen. The performances include a variety of family entertainment by performers, celebrities and the Winner of Britain’s Got Talent - Simon Cowell being one of the Judges .
The event is organised on behalf of EABF (Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund) of which the Queen is a Patron. All proceeds are donated to the fund. What an honour to perform before the Queen!
Anyway, for those of us who are not from Britain, let me acquaint you a little bit with Her Royal Majesty. Here are 10 facts about Queen Elizabeth II:
- Born in April 1926 in London and became Queen at the age of 25.
- Married to Prince Phillip (Duke of Edinburgh). They have been married for more than 60 years – married in November 1947.
- They have 3 Sons and 1 daughter. Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Ann and Prince Edward - 8 Grand children.
- She has 2 birthdays. Her real birthday is on 21 April and she celebrates it officially in June.
- She sends cards and personalised messages to people who reach the grand age of 100 years in England and also sends the same to couples who are celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary 60th. Then 65th, 70th etc.
- She loves horses and her favourite pets are Corgi’s. She can also whistle. (I heard her whistle to her Corgi’s on a short news clip on Sky News)
- She has 9 Royal Thrones. 1 at the House of Lords, 2 at Westimnster Abbey and 6 in the Throne room at Buckingham Palace.
- She lives in Buckingham Palace London, which has 600 rooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, a pool, a cinema. It has its own Post Office and Police Station. Its also open for you to visit - well not all of it, but you do get a peep.
- Every Tuesday, the Queen is visited by the Prime Minister who is presently Gordon Brown to discuss Government matters. If either of them have commitments they will talk by phone.
- If the Queen is at home, you can see the Royal flag flying on top of the Palace. Its called the Royal Standard.
Feel free to write to her. You will get a reply. The address is:
Her Majesty the Queen
London SW1A 1AA
See link below for how you can visit the Palace.
The early years - Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Charles - Heir to the Throne
Prince William - 2nd in line to the Throne
The Royal Standard
Visiting Buckingham Palace
- Buckingham Palace - Places To Go in London - Visit London
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen