13 “Facts” About Queen Elizabeth II That Aren’t True
Fascinated by Queen Elizabeth, we decided to fact-check some of the more popular stories we’ve heard about her. Turns out all of these are fake, fake, and fake.
No, she didn’t bring a beagle to Meghan and Harry’s wedding
Queen Elizabeth is a dog lover, yes. She even refers to her corgis as “fehmly” (that’s royal-speak for “family,” in case you haven’t been watching The Crown on Netflix). But did she escort Meghan Markle’s rescued beagle, Guy, to Meghan and Harry’s wedding? No, she did not, Snopes clarifies. Guy is, no doubt, one of the luckiest beagles on the planet, but, alas, he was not invited to his mum’s wedding and did not crash in the arms of the Queen. Find out the truth behind 10 other myths about the royal family.
No, she did not snub Michelle Obama
For a period of time in 2017, word had it that Queen Elizabeth removed former President Obama and his wife, Michelle, from the guest list for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding after she learned the former FLOTUS was intending to “sneak” in. If the notion of Mrs. Obama “sneaking in” isn’t a tip-off, here’s a spoiler alert: none of this is true. The Obamas are not personal friends of the royal family, and only personal friends were invited, Snopes explains. Here are 18 tiny details you might have missed about the wedding.
No, she didn’t dis Trump by wearing Obama-gifted jewelry
When President Trump visited Queen Elizabeth, one rumor that emerged was the Queen dissed the POTUS by wearing a brooch gifted to her by former President Barack Obama. While Snopes goes into an elaborately detailed listing of every brooch the Queen wore while President Trump was present in the British Isles, how about we suffice it to say that when Elizabeth met Donald and Melania, she was wearing a brooch her mum had given her in 2002.
No, she didn’t demand that Meghan sign a prenup
Neither Camilla nor Catherine (as “Kate” Middleton prefers to be called), signed a prenuptial agreement prior to joining their royal spouses in marriage. The same is true of Meghan. Stories about Queen Elizabeth II holding up the wedding while negotiations proceeded are simply untrue, Snopes explains.
No, she isn’t offended the Trumps didn’t bow to her
And she wouldn’t be offended if you didn’t bow/curtsy to her either. In fact, there is no obligatory code of behavior applicable to meeting the Queen or any other member of the British royal family, according to the royal family’s own website. While many who meet the Queen prefer to bow their neck or curtsy, a regular handshake is perfectly acceptable.
No, she can’t legally kill our president (nor does she wish to)
A year ago, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth stated she had the full legal right to kill the U.S. president. The report was satire, however, arising out of talk that the Queen is “above the law,” which in some ways, she is. In fact, the royal website states that “civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under U.K. law.” Nevertheless, she is “careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.” Find out other fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth.
No, she doesn’t need a license to drive
Here’s one way the Queen lives above the law. She drives without a license. In fact, she drove a first aid truck during World War II. As The Independent explains, “The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license.” This is because driver’s licenses are issued in her name, and it would seem unnecessary for her to issue one to herself. Here are all the other laws the Queen doesn’t have to follow.
No, she does not want to retake the United States
At no time has Queen Elizabeth ever expressed any interest in restoring British rule over the United States. That doesn’t stop people from claiming that she asked Americans to write her name on their ballots in 2016. Nor did she promise the British people she would “take back” the United States if Trump were to be elected (spoiler alert: he was elected, and she hasn’t made her move).
No, she isn’t merely a figurehead
The fact that the United Kingdom operates as a parliamentary democracy doesn’t mean the Queen is a mere figurehead. The Queen has a number of specifically enumerated powers. She can declare war. She can grant royal pardons. She determines who will be knighted. She can requisition civilian ships for military use. She can summon and dissolve Parliament and has these other powers.
But no, she cannot and does not intervene in political disputes
It is an absolute no-no for the Queen to intervene in political disputes, according to Snopes. Take, for example, the controversy over “Brexit.” Although legally, she may have had the “right” to intervene (by vetoing the legislation), she did not, and there is no recent precedent for a British monarch overruling Parliament. The Queen has a policy of remaining neutral when it comes to party politics. In fact, this is one issue that she may have with the notion of abdicating in favor of Prince Charles. Here are other reasons the Queen will not abdicate.