Many people are impressed by the Queen's longevity as the UK celebrates the 90th birthday of its longest-serving monarch. She has reigned for 64 years, last year overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
She has seen 12 prime ministers serve her, from Britain's great wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill through to the present incumbent, David Cameron.
在位六十余载， “超长待机”的女王已经经历了12位英国首相，从二战时期任职的丘吉尔到今天的卡梅伦。正所谓“流水的首相， 铁打的女王”。
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. England has so few nice sunny days, the monarchy decided that “official” birthday celebrations be held during the summer when the weather is more likely to be pleasant.
其实这也不是没道理的， 每逢女王生日，伦敦各处都会有大型的游行和放礼炮等庆祝活动。晴好的天气保证了这些活动的顺利进行，也让参与的人们心情愉悦。之前英国的君主也有为此把官方生日定在夏天的类似做法。 而四月的生日， 女王大多数时候选择和家人一起度过。
The Queen’s nickname was "Lilybet" when she was a little girl.
Long before she was the queen, she was a cover girl. She graced the cover of Time Magazine when she was 3 years old.
The queen met her future husband, Prince Philip, when she was just 13. They got married in 1947 and they have four children, Prince Charles, who is heir to the throne, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry don't call the queen "Your Majesty." To them, she's just "Granny."
"She adored her father. He was her hero. And when he died so suddenly so young, she made a promise to the British and to the world in general that she would be the servant of the people." - Martin Palmer, an adviser to Prince Philip, in an interview with China Daily.
The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis, with many of them direct descendants from her first one, Susan. Now she has only two - Holly and Willow - and does not plan to get any more.
She is also very passionate about horses. She rides, breeds, and races them, and once held a private audience with the Horse Whisperer.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have both shown enormous interest in Chinese religion, especially Taoism, according to Martin Palmer, an adviser to Prince Philip, who has worked with the Taoists of China for over 20 years.
"I remember taking a group of Chinese for a meeting with the Queen and she was just very intrigued with how these different traditions: Taoism, less so Buddhism, and Confucianism, how did they work side by side? How is it that China has never had a religious war? "
She likes to wear brightly-colored dresses and large hats, to stand out from the crowd.
But royals can recycle. The Queen sometimes wears her outfit more than once in public. On a trip to Australia, she was spotted wearing the same dress she wore months earlier to wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
As a British passport is issued on the authority of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to have one of her own. All other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, have passports.
作为英国的国家首领， 女王陛下其实并没有这个国家的护照。 因为这些旅行文件和护照都是以她的名义发布的，所以也没必要自己给自己发一本了，出国旅行全靠刷脸，是不是很霸气侧漏？不过这项特权除了女王别的皇室成员都不能享受，各位王子公主们依旧还是要用护照的。
Driving licenses are issued in the Queen's name, yet she is the only person in the United Kingdom who doesn't legally need a license to drive or a to have number plate on her cars.
Despite not being required to have a license, the Queen is comfortable behind the wheel, having learned to drive during World War II when she operated a first-aid truck for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service.
尽管不需要驾照， 女王的驾驶技能可是一点都不逊色。 二战期间， 她加入了女子辅助服务团，成为了一名司机和机械师，不仅能开急救车，还能及时维修，成为工科女汉子的最佳代言人。
Queen Elizabeth II isn't afraid to show off her driving skills, either. In 1998, she surprised King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (then still a prince) by driving him around in her country seat of Balmoral.