Queen Lizzie: The Woman, the Myth, the Legend


Ellie Keller

A shock rippled around the world after the palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died at the astounding age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, U.K. A true icon of a woman, Liz’s rule spanned generations, and she has stayed culturally relevant through it all. While everybody loves the quirky old lady, the majority of the world does not know who the queen really was behind her feathered hats and corgis. Here are some facts about the queen that might surprise you: 

  • After begging her father to let her serve, 18-year-old Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. Known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, she put on a pair of coveralls and trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver. What a girl boss, right? 
  • She was almost assassinated during a parade by a demented teen who idolized the murder of the Kennedys. The assailant fired six shots in her direction before being subdued by the police. Lizzie simply calmed her horse and continued on with the procession.
  • The Queen was an avid horsewoman and breeder of many thoroughbred horses who have won races at Royal Ascot Racetrack multiple times. She owns over 100 horses and was still riding in the months leading up to her passing. 
  • She and her sister once partied incognito in the streets of London to celebrate the end of World War II. The queen referred to it as “One of the most memorable nights of her life.” 
  • On the day of her death, a double rainbow arched overhead Buckingham Palace, as if even mother earth was paying her respects. Elizabeth was a truly spectacular queen and her legacy will never be forgotten.