A toast to Queen Elizabeth as Britain celebrates her 6th decade in public service, having worked with 12 British prime ministers and even a dozen US presidents making it one of the longest reigning monarchies – A Queen that never retires.
Some interesting facts*:
60 years, four months — The length of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as of June 6, 2012, making her the second-longest reigning monarch.
2,868 — The number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown that the queen wears at the state opening of Parliament.
£32.1 million — Amount the British government provides Elizabeth and Prince Philip annually (about $50 million U.S.)
$500 million — The queen’s approximate net worth.
116 — The number of different countries she has visited during her 60 years as queen.
5 — The number of times the queen has made a state visit to the United States; the first was in 1957 and the most recent in 2010.
1 — Number of U.S. presidents born during Elizabeth’s reign (Barack Obama in 1961).