60 obscure facts about the Queen

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...1 The first words the infant Elizabeth would have heard were "Is it a boy or a girl?", said by her father, the future George VI.

2 For constitutional reasons, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cabinet Secretary were present in an adjoining room.

3 The future Queen's nickname was Lizbet or Lil.

4 "Even at the age of one, she had what I call 'royal manners'," one of her first nannies, Nanny Wilkins, once revealed.

5 Her favourite subjects, according to one governess, were drawing and animal stories....

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