Queen Elizabeth II recently became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom when she celebrated another milestone on April 21, her 90th birthday.
But as any nonagenarian will tell you, you don’t make it to 90 without a few funny secrets stuffed in your stunning royal bonnet — and the Queen is no exception. From her private cutesy nickname to her strict rules regarding mixed nuts, there’s a lot about Elizabeth you might not know.
So without further ado, we’re proud to relay these nine obscure stories that prove the Queen is even cooler than the icy gin C0cktails she loves so dearly:
#1. Since British passports are issued “in the name of Her Majesty,” the Queen does not need one to travel overseas. In fact, as The Atlantic once pointed out, the wording on the inside cover of British passports suggests that the Queen is a passport in and of herself. Furthermore, the Queen doesn’t need a driver’s license to drive, and nor is she required to put tags on her vehicles. (And yes, she sometimes drives herself around.)