17) During her reign, the Queen has received many unusual gifts including live animals. The more unusual animals have been placed in the care of the London zoo, among them jaguars and sloths from Brazil, and two black beavers from Canada. The Queen has also received gifts of pineapples, eggs, a box of snail shells, a grove of maple trees and 7kg of prawns.
27) The Queen has given out about 78,000 Christmas puddings to staff continuing the custom of King George V and King George VI. In addition, the Queen gives all her staff a gift at Christmas time.
34) With the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, the Queen became the first reigning sovereign to have a child since Queen Victoria, who had her youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857.
53) The Queen sent her first email in 1976 from an Army base.
59) The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the "dorgi" when one of the Queen's corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret. The Queen currently has four dorgis, Cider, Berry, Candy and Vulcan.
That final dog's name leads one to wonder that if there were an 81st item on the list, would it be that Her Majesty is an avid Trekkie?
Hi. It's been a while, but wanted to tell you something that's totally unrelated to your current post, but about something near and dear to your heart....Tim Horton's.
Did you hear about the fire/explosion in the Toronto Tim Horton's at Yonge & Bloor a little while back? Not funny at all, but what was funny was the typical Canadian response: men in the white suits swoop in, they close Yonge Street - a reporter overhears one man talking to another saying something along the lines that "must be something serious, they've closed Yonge Street" to which another man replied "of course it's serious - they closed Tim's!"