5 Little Known Facts About Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family

The royal family is, for most people, a source of intrigue and mystery. Over the years, we’ve been learning new secrets from this elusive family and Queen Elizabeth.

However, Buckingham Palace has managed to keep several things under wraps and out of the public eye. At least, for the most part.

Are you intrigued? In this guide, we’ll go over six little-known facts about Queen Elizabeth and the royal family!

1. Queen Elizabeth Was Part of the British Armed Forces

We all have that image of a delicate and reserved queen. Yet, Queen Elizabeth was the first female member of the royal family to become an active member of the British Armed Forces.

On the eve of World War II in 1945, she joined as a second subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service under unit 230873.

Now, you’re probably thinking of Downton Abbey and the Earl of Grantham’s war service. Just because she had the title of being in the army didn’t mean she actually served, right?

2. Queen Elizabeth Wasn’t Born in the Palace

Many people don’t realize that the queen wasn’t born in Buckingham palace, either. Sure, she may have lived there for the majority of her life.

However, she began her days on April 21, 1926, in the townhouse of her Scottish maternal grandfather. The townhouse’s address was 17 Bruton Street in the Mayfair neighborhood of England.

Before you pack your bags to check out the queen’s birthplace, however, it’s worth knowing that it was demolished in 1937.