Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the longest-reigning British monarch in history. Sorry Victorians, but Queen Vic’s long-standing record is about to be superseded by her great-great-granddaughter. Sept. 9 marks the day that gives whole new meaning to the national anthem’s prayer for a queen who is “long to reign over” Brits.
The Queen will have reigned for a jaw-dropping 63 years and seven months. Queen Victoria’s reign lasted 63.5 years; that’s 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. Between the two of them they will have reigned for over 125 years. Not too shabby.
On the anniversary of this ground-breaking milestone, here are some things you might not know about Her Majesty.
13 facts about Queen Elizabeth, who just became the U.K.’s longest-reigning monarch
Her nickname is LilibetThe Queen was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York but back when she was a princess, close family called her Lilibet. Her father, King George VI, used to say of his daughters, "Lilibet (left) is my pride. Margaret is my joy." (Side note: Could Harry look any more like his grandmum?)Getty Images
She used to work as a mechanicDuring the Second World War the then-princess got her hands dirty as a mechanic and driver working with the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945.Getty Images
She can fire a gunSince she served in World War II, it only makes sense that she knows how to fire a gun too. Rex Features
Her husband is her cousinElizabeth met her third cousin (and a Greek prince), Philip, when she was 13 and just like their great-great-grandparents, first cousins Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, they fell in love.Getty Images
She doesn't need a passportEvery other member of the Royal Family requires a passport but it's unnecessary for the Queen to have one. Hmm, wonder if she is exempt from all other travel laws as well?Getty Images
She was one of the first heads of state to send an emailIt was back in 1976, when the Internet was called the ARPANET and she was visiting the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, a telecommunications research center in Malvern, England. The Queen was there to christen the connection, and in the process, she became one of the first heads of state to send an email. Her username was "HME2" (that's "Her Majesty, Elizabeth II"), she pressed a couple of buttons and her message was sent.Getty Images
She's technologically savvyShe has her own Facebook page, Twitter handle (she made history with her first tweet) and YouTube channel and it's been reported that she uses a cellphone to text her grandkids.Getty Images
Her dogs' names probably aren't what you thinkQueen Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Corgis, the breed favoured by British royalty for more than 70 years, during her reign. The two current Corgis are named Holly and Willow, but Her Majesty also has two Dorgis (Dachshund/Corgi cross) named Candy and Vulcan. Guess she's also a Trekkie?Getty Images
She showed a king who's bossBack in 1998, the Queen offered then-Saudi crown prince Abdullah (now late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz) a tour of the Balmoral grounds. He hopped in the passenger seat, his intrepreter sat behind him and Abdullah was shocked when the Queen climbed into the driver's seat and took off. Abdullah had never been driven anywhere by a woman (as women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia), but she just chatted away as her lead foot kept their Land Rover speeding along the narrow Scottish estate roads.Getty Images
Her birthday is not celebrated by the public on her actual birthdayThe Trooping the Colour is a parade that marks the Queen's official birthday, and is celebrated in the U.K. on either the first, second or third Saturday in June (which is decided by the government). In Canada, we celebrate it on Victoria Day. The Queen's actual birthday, however, is on April 21, which she rings in privately.Getty Images
She is fluent in FrenchThe Queen speaks fluent French and often uses the language for state visits without using an interpreter. The president of France, François Hollande, clearly appreciates that.Getty Images
She has the right to own all swansNot just any ol' commoner can own a swan. Her Majesty retains the right to "ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water," but she chooses to exercise her right amongst the birds only found on certain stretches of the Thames and its surrounding tributaries.Getty Images