10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen Has Two Birthdays

The recent birthday celebrations that were held for the Queen were actually for her real birthday, marking the date she was born on April 21, 1926. However, this is not the only birthday the Queen has, as she also gets an official birthday that coincides with the Trooping of the Colour. This official occasions dates back to the 1700s and falls in June.

She Has Been Attacked Several Times

In 1981, a teenager called Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at the Queen as she was riding a horse as part of her official birthday celebrations. He was quickly apprehended by security and spent several years in a psychiatric hospital. Even more frightening was an incident the following year when a man was able to break into Buckingham Palace and make his way to the Queen’s private bedroom. She calmly spoke to him for 10 minutes to keep him occupied until someone could come and help.