April 10, 2006

Queen Elizabeth sent first e-mail in 1976

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth sent her first e-mail as
long as 30 years ago, according to a list of 80 facts about the
monarch released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 80th birthday
on April 21.

No details of the e-mail were included, except that it was
sent from a British army base in 1976.

The 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, she has
undertaken over 256 official visits overseas during her 54-year
reign and has received some bizarre gifts, the list revealed.

They included jaguars and sloths from Brazil, two black
beavers from Canada, a grove of maple trees and 7 kg of prawns.

The queen traveled on the London underground for the first
time in 1939 and attended her first FA football cup final in
1953, two experiences she never showed much appetite for

But dogs and horses were a different matter: she has owned
more than 30 corgis in her reign, starting with Susan who was
an 18th birthday present in 1944. Her first pony, Peggy, was
given to her by her grandfather King George V when she was four
years old.

The 80 facts are on www.royal.gov.uk