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The Queen & Britain's Got Talent

Updated on July 20, 2009

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

Buckingham Palace

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


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    Gadfly 3 years ago from Olde London Towne


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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Hi Support Med - She is very lucky to have a stable marriage. I hope she steps down soon though (in a nice way) so her Son or Grandson can take over. She's been queen for decades.

    Nice to read from you. :)

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    Amazing! I never knew I could write to the Queen. At first I said, so few rooms to visit out of so many, but I guess it's necessary for security reasons. It would be grand to visit the Palace. 'Give and ye shall receive,' she gives to those who have lived a long life and she is still going strong, and married for many years as well. Very thoughtful of her, personalized at that. Voted-up/rated.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Duchess. Love your name - has a Royal touch. :)

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    Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

    I enjoyed this informative hub from England. Nice to know the Queen issues a personal note to those who have reached such monumental points in their lives.

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    frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

    Very interesting view from another part of our world. Enjoyed your personalized information on the Queen - and that we could actually write her! I watched the replay of the 'finals' on Susan Boyle, and was sorry she lost. Hope to hear her in person sometime though. Thanks for a great hub.

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    countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

    Susan started as the dark horse(in fact no body would have given her any chance) and then later went on to became the top favorite. I guess that is life where anything is possible at any time. Thumbs up for a good hub.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Hi Karma, she was was favourite to win but came 2nd.  I personally think if she had changed her song she would have won. The act that won DIVERSITY changed their performance in the semi-final and also changed it in the final - they took it one step further. Susan sang the same song for her audition, the semi-final and the final. On a positive note, she is now working on an album. Hope you are fine and keeping positive :)

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    Karma Freedom 97 8 years ago from New York

    Did Susan drop out of the race?

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    rosariomontenegro 8 years ago from NEW YORK

    She should show her royal privilege and grace by inviting Susan Boyle to that event.

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    Pete Maida 8 years ago

    I believe the Queen has done a wonderful job through some pretty tough times.

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    Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

    I like the Queen. I like how she can agree with the people and not place royal status above all else. :)