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5 Everyday Things Queen Elizabeth II Has Never Done in Her Lifetime

The monarch has traveled all over the globe and has even received exotic animals as gifts. But there are still a few “commoner” things that even she hasn’t done.

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Queen Elizabeth IIShutterstock

She’s never voted

Legally speaking, the matriarch is allowed to vote. But according to Buckingham Palace protocol, Queen Elizabeth II must remain neutral on political matters and is “unable to vote or stand for election.” The rules for other members of the royal family are a bit less firm though. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Newsweek that “by convention” members of the royal family “close to the queen” do not exercise their right to vote, which includes Prince Charles, his sons, etc. This means that even as a princess, Queen Elizabeth II most likely never made her ways to the voting polls. Make sure you know the 9 things the queen has the power to do.

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Princess Elizabeth and MargaretHistoria/Shutterstock

She never went to school

Queen Elizabeth II is an incredibly educated woman despite never being taught in a real-life classroom. She and her sister, Princess Margaret, were tutored privately by the country’s best tutors that royalty could buy. She even studied constitutional history and law to prepare for her future role as queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II drivingInvicta Kent Media/Shutterstock

She never took a driver’s license test

Since driver’s licenses are issued in Queen Elizabeth II’s name, she can drive wherever and whenever she pleases without that little piece of plastic. Even as a princess she didn’t need to take the test, because royals were chauffeured from place to place. But she learned how to drive during her time serving in World War II as a first aid truck driver. Her royal status exempted her from taking a driving test for that gig as well. These are the things that will happen once the longest reigning monarch dies.

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Queen Elizabeth II wearing crownShutterstock

She’s never held a 9 to 5 job

Her Majesty has never had to work a typical 9 to 5 office job a day in her life. Even though being the Queen of England is a 24/7 job, it sure is worth it—global wealth insights firm estimates her net worth to be at least $520 million. Here is how much every person in the royal family is worth.

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Young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince PhilipMike Hollist/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

She’s never really dated

Queen Elizabeth II met the love of her life, Prince Philip, at the young age of 13 at a wedding. He was only 18 at the time. It wasn’t until the summer of 1939 that their romantic courtship took off and by 1947 they were engaged. More than 70 years later, the royal pair remains happily married. It’s safe to say that the former princess didn’t really date around because unlike most teenage girls, she already had her sights set on her prince charming. Next, take a look at more fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth.

Ashley Lewis
Ashley is an Assistant Editor at Reader’s Digest. She received her Master’s Degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2015. Before joining Reader’s Digest, she was a Jason Sheftell Fellow at the New York Daily News and interned at Seventeen and FOX News. When Ashley is not diligently fact-checking the magazine or writing for, she enjoys cooking (butternut squash pizza is her signature dish), binge-watching teen rom-coms on Netflix that she’s way too old for, and hiking (and falling down) mountains.

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