Quote: "Threw up in Buckingham Palace? No. I smoked a spliff in Buckingham Palace." Singer Robbie Williams admits he smoked cannabis in the royal household when he performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert back in 2012, but denies that he had ever vomited in the iconic building.
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II is mourning the death of one of her beloved pet dogs. Holly, a Corgi, was reportedly put down last week (ends07Oct16), while the British royal, 90, was staying at her residence in Balmoral, Scotland. The dog, which famously appeared with the Queen on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this year (16), had been suffering from an undisclosed illness. She was 13, the same age as the royal's three other furry friends, Candy, Willow, and Vulcan.
Fact: Gary Barlow and Dame Shirley Bassey have been added to the list of performers at Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebration on 15 May (16). Appearances by Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Dame Helen Mirren and John Boyega have previously been announced. The "spectacular evening" will be hosted by presenters Ant and Dec from the private grounds of Windsor Castle.
Fact: Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is set to play Queen Elizabeth II's husband PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH in upcoming Netflix series THE CROWN. The 10-episode series is inspired by stage play The Audience and will chart the monarch's interactions with various Prime Ministers. John Lithgow is set to play wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill and Claire Foy will play the young Queen.
Fact: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William left their London residence Kensington Palace for their Anmer Hall mansion on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England on Wednesday (06May15). The couple are set to spend the summer in their country retreat with Prince George and newborn daughter Princess Charlotte.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II visited her newborn great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, at London's Kensington Palace on Tuesday (05May15), the same day Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William formally registered their daughter's birth and released her birth certificate. Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday (02May15).
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II made history on Friday (24Oct14) when she sent her first tweet. An account was set up in the British monarch's name for official notices in 2009, but she personally posted her first message online after a visit to London's Science Museum, where she hit the 'tweet' button on a pre-written note. The post reads: "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R."
Fact: Zara Phillips' rugby star husband Mike Tindall has announced his retirement from the sport. The player, who was part of England's World Cup-winning team in 2003, married Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter in 2011 and they became first-time parents earlier this year (14).
Fact: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh are set to receive a special tour of the Game Of Thrones set next week (begs23Jun14) during their visit to Northern Ireland. The country is just one of the shooting locations used for the hit fantasy series - scenes have also been shot in Iceland, Malta, Croatia and Morocco.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has released a new portrait to mark her 88th birthday on Monday (21Apr14). The black and white picture, taken by revered snapper David Bailey, shows the royal smiling for the camera.
Fact: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wowed crowds by wearing Queen Elizabeth II's diamonds to a gala dinner in London. She was wearing the Cartier necklace, which was given to the monarch as a wedding gift in 1947, during her first official engagement of the year (14) on Tuesday night (11Feb14).
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips is set to become the first member of the royal family to feature in a video game. The equestrian, 32, will appear in an online game for horse lovers, in which she will offer tips on how to look after virtual-reality steeds.
Fact: A British father's rights activist has been found guilty of vandalising a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in London's Westminster Abbey. Tim Haries, a member of the Fathers4Justice protest group, appeared in Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (08Jan13) and confessed to defacing the picture in June (13) to highlight the "social justice issue of our time", but pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing criminal damage of more than $7,500 (£5,000). He was found guilty by a jury and sentencing has been set for 5 February (14). He was bailed until the next court date.
Fact: Welsh funnyman Rob Brydon picked up his Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Mbe) award from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle in England on Friday (23Nov13). The actor was recognised for his services to comedy and broadcasting, and his charity work.
Fact: Prince William is to host a soccer match at London's Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Football Association's (Fa) 150th birthday. One of Queen Elizabeth II's back lawns is set to be turned into pitch to host the match between Southern Amateur League's Polytechnic F.C. and Civil Service F.C. The game is due to be played on 07 October (13).
Fact: The cast of British period drama Downton Abbey is set to get a taste of royalty - the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Princess Alexandra Of Kent, has reportedly landed a small role on the upcoming season of the hit Tv series. Eighteen-year-old Fiona Ogilvy, who is 45th in line to the throne, will appear as an extra in scenes alongside Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, according to the U.K.'s Daily Express newspaper.
Fact: The lavish dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953 is to be put on public display for the first time. The gown will be exhibited at London royal residence Buckingham Palace from 27 July (13) to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation.
Quote: "I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet." Queen Elizabeth II hopes her grandson Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth before the British monarch is due to head to Scotland for her annual summer vacation next week (begs22Jul13).
Fact: Britain's royal family gathered in London on Saturday (15Jun13) to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday at the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony. The Queen was joined by her son Prince Charles, his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, Princes William and Harry, as well as the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. The British monarch's husband Prince Philip was absent as he remains in hospital recovering from abdominal surgery.
Fact: A man has been charged with criminal damage after allegedly defacing a painting of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in London on Thursday (13Jun13). Tim Harris, a member of the Fathers 4 Justice protest group, is accused of spraying the word 'help' on the portrait in Westminster Abbey, just weeks after it went on public display. He was released on conditional bail on Friday (14Jun13) and is scheduled to appear in court later this month (Jun13).
Fact: A painting of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has been defaced in London just weeks after it went on display. Ralph Heimans' portrait was vandalised with spray paint on Thursday (13Jun13) in the British capital's Westminster Abbey, where the picture went on show last month (May13).The piece has been pulled from public view while it is repaired.
Fact: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 87th birthday on Sunday (21Apr13) with a day off at royal residence Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England. The monarch, who also has an official birthday in June (13), will be feted with a 41-gun salute in London's Green Park on Monday (22Apr13).
Quote: "She said she had often seen these presented, and it was a thrill. She was amazed at how bright and polished it was and also how heavy it was." Sir Kenneth Branagh reveals Queen Elizabeth II was thrilled after he handed her an honorary British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award on Thursday (04Apr13) in recognition of her support for the industry.
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II cancelled her scheduled appearance at the Commonwealth Day Observance religious service at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday (11Mar13) as she recovers from a recent bout of gastroenteritis. The outing was to be the British monarch's first public appearance since spending 24 hours in hospital last week (begs04Mar13) with the stomach bug.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II will resume her royal duties on Monday (11Mar13), a week after she was discharged from hospital following treatment for stomach condition gastroenteritis. The 86-year-old ruler will join her husband, Prince Philip, at a Commonwealth service and reception at Westminster Abbey in London next week.
Quote: "Basically I watch the documentaries that the rest of us have watched, but I watch them in a particular kind of way, seeing little moments." Dame Helen Mirren viewed shows about Queen Elizabeth II to pick up her mannerisms before portraying the British monarch in new London play The Audience. The actress has previously played the monarch in 2006 film The Queen.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has been released from hospital after receiving treatment for stomach condition gastroenteritis. The 86-year-old ruler was given the all-clear to return home by doctors at London's King Edward VII Hospital on Monday (04Mar13). She had been admitted for treatment on Sunday (03Mar13).
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday (20Nov12). The royal married Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh at London's Westminster Abbey on 20 November, 1947.
Fact: One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Girls Aloud and Rod Stewart are among the acts who will perform for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance on 19 November (12). Funnyman David Walliams will host the charity event at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Tweet: "This jubilee is lasting as long as the reign it was intended to celebrate. Milk it Liz!" Comedian Russell Brand jokes about the U.K.'s four-day public holiday (02-05Jun12) to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Tweet: "Sad to see The Queen walking alone into St Paul's. Reminds us what a constant presence, and rock, Prince Philip's been to her for so long." TV host Piers Morgan pays tribute to the hospitalised husband of Queen Elizabeth II during the monarch's Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, London on Tuesday (05Jun12).
Fact: Pop veterans Grace Jones and Annie Lennox added a little more spectacle to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert in London on Monday evening (04Jun12) by performing with hula-hoops and angel wings. Jones took the stage outside Buckingham Palace wearing a shocking red headdress and red and black rubber bustier and sang her hit Slave to the Rhythm while swivelling a hoop on her hips, while Lennox came dressed for a royal occasion, wearing a shimmering silver and grey gown and elbow-length silver gloves and sporting angel wings for her rendition of Eurythmics' There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart).
Tweet: "A moment I will Never forget. Wow. queenjubilee The uk know how to party! Thousands of flags... overwhelmed". Pop star Jessie J is proud to be British after performing at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert outside London's Buckingham Palace on Monday evening (04Jun12).
Tweet: "Today is one of the biggest days of my career and life to be sharing the stage with so many legends and icons I have listened to growing up (it) is going to be amazing!" Singer Jessie J can't contain her excitement ahead of her performance at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert on Monday (04Jun12).
Quote: "When I got the letter asking me to perform, I felt really proud. It's a proper letter from the Queen's secretary. I'm keeping it in a memory book. It's written on this lovely thick notepaper. I keep feeling it." British pop star Jessie J was honoured to be invited to play at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June (12).
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips carried the Olympic torch on horseback at Cheltenham racecourse in England on Wednesday (23May12), ahead of the launch of the 2012 Games in London in July (12).
Fact: A pair of Queen Elizabeth II's used bloomers listed on eBay by trustees of the estate of the late Baron Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi has sold for $18,000 (£11,401).
Fact: Artists at Madame Tussauds have unveiled their 23rd waxwork of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee celebration next month (Jun12). It took 20 experts four months to make the statue, which was based on photos taken in 2001.
Quote: "We've got our thinking caps on for what we could do." Sir Tom Jones is eyeing a duet with Jessie J, his co-judge on the British version of The Voice, at Queen Elizabeth II's star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert next month (Jun12).
Fact: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order. Prince Charles' wife was made a Dame Grand Cross on Monday (09Apr12) - her seventh wedding anniversary with the royal.
Fact: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is set to become a great-grandmother for the second time - her grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn are expecting another child. The baby, a sibling for nine-month-old Savannah, is due in March (12).
Quote: “Funnily enough she knew I was having a baby in six weeks. It shocked me that she knew. I love the Queen.” David Beckham was stunned to learn British monarch Queen Elizabeth II knew of his wife Victoria's pregnancy. The stars will welcome a fourth child - their first daughter - in July (11).
Quote: "She has a dry sense of humour. Something fell off my camera, and the queen laughed and said, 'You've dropped something.' I wanted to capture that, so I went all Austin Powers - I was like, 'Ma'am, could you smile, please, ma'am, please?'" Celebrity photographer Rankin enjoyed working with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
Fact: Queen Elizabeth II has become the second longest-reigning monarch in modern British history after passing King George Iii's 21,644 days on the throne in the 18th and 19th century on Thursday (12May11). Only Queen Victoria has ruled for longer.
Fact: Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet contained stems from a myrtle bush planted on Britain's Isle of Wight by Queen Victoria in 1845, as well as a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding bouquet in 1947.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II stepped out for another family celebration at the weekend (23-24Apr11) ahead of her grandson Prince William's wedding on Friday (29Apr11) - the christening of her first great-grandchild. Her grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn christened their daughter Savannah Phillips on Saturday (23Apr11) at a church in Gloucestershire, England.
Fact: Kate Middleton's parents met Queen Elizabeth II for the first time on Wednesday (20Apr11), just over a week before their daughter weds the monarch's grandson Prince William in London on 29 April (11). Carole and Michael Middleton enjoyed a private lunch with the ruler and her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her diamond jubilee in 2012 with a massive aquatic pageant on London's River Thames. The royal will mark her 60 years on the British throne by sailing down the river leading a flotilla of 1,000 ships. She will be accompanied by her relatives including grandson Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton, who will marry on 29 April (11).
Quote: "I think my grandmother will be there so I have to be selective, as one might say." British royal Prince Harry won't be making any saucy jokes during his best man's speech at his brother Prince William's wedding this month (Apr11) - as his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be present.
Fact: Britain's second royal wedding of 2011 has been set for the summer (11). Queen Elizabeth II's eldest grand-daughter Zara Phillips will marry rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh, Scotland on 30 July (11). The wedding will come three months after Prince William marries Kate Middleton in London.
Quote: "I suppose being an Australian, we do still have the current Queen Elizabeth II as our head of state - I think we should maybe cut the apron strings. I don't mean in a rude way, there would always be an honouring of that bond from the past, but I think it's time we took our own adult steps." Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush thinks his homeland should no longer be under British monarch QUEEN ELIZABETH II's reign.
Fact: British stars Cheryl Cole, Take That and N-DUBZ have signed up to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, in front of CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES next month (Dec10). Last year's (09) event saw Lady GaGa perform a controversial set in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
Fact: The world premiere of the third Narnia film THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER will be a royal affair - British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her husband PHILLIP, the DUKE OF EDINBURGH will attend the Royal Film Performance on 30 November (10).
Quote: "We've played in front of her at charity concerts, and she said to us once, 'You're really rather good, aren't you?' But I didn't have the heart to tell her that we were miming on that particular show." Status Quo star FRANCIS ROSSI reveals Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of the band.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has flown to New York City for the first time in 34 years. The royal, who has not stepped foot in the Big Apple since 1976, plans to visit Ground Zero and speak at the United Nations headquarters during her whirlwind visit.
Quote: "It was amazing. She told me that she had my record and listened to my record and was happy to put a face to the voice. I can just imagine her walking into Tesco (U.K. supermarket) and saying, 'Can I have one of Michael Buble's albums.'" Canadian crooner MICHAEL BUBLE is surprised British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is such a huge fan.
Quote: "I love that woman, I really do. She's beautiful, totally fabulous. I passed by Buckingham Palace yesterday and I broke into a sweat thinking about her sitting in there, drinking her tea." Melissa George is a big fan of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
Quote: "I've got to go to Buckingham Palace and get it. My mum is so excited... It's kind of weird because you have to try and fit in with the Queen's schedule, and we're both terribly busy people." Scottish-born actor Alan Cumming is trying to find the time to accept his OBE (Order of the British Empire) honour from Queen Elizabeth II.
Fact: Author Terry Pratchett has been knighted by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The writer was honoured for outstanding services to literature during a ceremony on Wednesday (18Feb09). Pratchett, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007, is best known for his hugely popular Discworld series of comic fantasy novels and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide.
Fact: Beloved British chat show host Michael Parkinson has been presented with a knighthood by U.K. monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The TV personality was given the award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday (04Jun08).
Quote: "I got a letter saying, 'Blah, blah - and the Prime Minister would like to have his photograph taken with you.' I don't want to have my picture taken with a war criminal." Paul Weller on his decision to turn down a CBE honour from Queen Elizabeth II over former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision for the country to go to war with Iraq.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 82nd birthday on Monday (21Apr08) with a low-key celebration. The Queen will celebrate turning a year older with a quiet dinner at her second London residence Windsor Castle.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II will become the country's oldest monarch on Saturday (22Dec07) - overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who in 1901 aged 81 years and 243 days.
Quote: "I can't go on being royal, can I? Have to have a little sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll in my acting life!" DAME Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN, explains why she decided to star in new action sequel National Treasure: BOOK OF SECRETS.
Fact: American comedienne Joan Rivers stunned the audience at the U.K.'s Royal Variety Performance on Tuesday night (04Dec07), by launching into a foul-mouthed tirade in front of British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip. The outspoken star's stage appearance featured 13 swear words in just seven minutes.
Fact: British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her husband PRINCE PHILLIP will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Tuesday (20Nov07). The couple has been married for 60 years.
Fact: Vinnie Jones' son AARON is set to guard British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The 16-year-old army recruit has signed up to the Grenadier Guards - the force which protects the Queen outside her London residence, Buckingham Palace.
Fact: Buckingham Palace is to stage an exhibition commemorating the 60th wedding anniversary of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The Queen's pearl and crystal encrusted gown will be on display to the public, as well as her jewellery collection and slew of lavish wedding gifts from other world leaders. The exhibition, which will feature archive footage of the November 1847 ceremony, is set to run from 28 July to 25 September this year (07).
Quote: "I chatted to her about her doggies. I was talking about when you have a lot of little dogs and they play very rough. I told the Queen I have 16 dogs." Sharon Osbourne talks canines with British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
Quote: "She's sort of like your parents' sofa that you grew up with as a child. When you were young it was new and you bounced on it. Then it got wine spilled on it, and cigarette burns in it, and it got recovered when it was worn. Then you go back to your childhood home. You'd forgotten all about it, but you look at it and realise it is the most constant and familiar thing in your life." DAME Helen Mirren sums up what Queen Elizabeth II means to the British public at a press conference for new movie THE QUEEN.
Fact: British royal Prince Charles today (21APR06) marked his mother Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday by publicly thanking her for the "many wonderful qualities she has brought to almost an entire lifetime of service and dedication".
Quote: "I was THE QUEEN's bodyguard on a horse, so I pranced around, really, for Japanese tourists to take pictures of me in fancy uniforms." Singer/songwriter James Blunt on spending Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee year (2002) guarding the monarch.
Fact: <p>British Royal Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 80th birthday by inviting 3,000 children to a themed garden party at Buckingham Palace. The party will honour much-loved children's characters including Harry Potter, Winnie The Pooh and Paddington Bear. </p>
Fact: <p>Queen Elizabeth II is bestowing the prestigious title of 'COLONEL-IN-CHIEF' on British royal Prince Charles' wife CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, putting her at the helm of an Army regiment. </p>
Fact: <p>British royal Queen Elizabeth II has bought her own giant widescreen television so she can watch herself giving her traditional Christmas speech in private. </p>
Quote: <p>"I get better police escorts (in New York). It's very important. I don't get a police escort in London and I'm very upset about that. Only the Queen gets a police escort." London-based Madonna realises she isn't as important as British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and insists there are things she prefers in New York. </p>