The Queen is regularly welcomed with huge delight as she ventures on Royal visits overseas. Queen Elizabeth II, 92, is reported to have visited more than 120 countries during her reign, either making the trips solo or with members of her family. Previously, she was accompanied on her official engagements overseas by her husband Prince Philip. Yet after the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, retired from official royal duties in 2017, she has relied on the support of younger family members.
After her dedication to her duties, a surprising fact about her reign has been revealed.
Royal writer Robert Hardman revealed the Queen was older than most of the current nation states she had visited in a shock revelation.
In his new book, Queen of the World, he wrote: “The records show that the Queen has visited at least 126 nations and territories, many of them several times.
“No one is entirely sure how many miles she has travelled.
“The number of countries visited is debatable too, since many of those states would change their name and status in between visits by the Queen.
“It is why Buckingham Palace will not produce an official figure.”
Yet Robert told just how impressive her trips abroad had been by outlining a huge geographical switch.
He said: “Few things better illustrate the scale of change during this reign than the fact that most of the nations on Earth today have only come into existence since the Queen came to the Throne.
“Yet she has visited most of them.”
Prince Charles’ mother is often seen chatting in great depth to political and community figures during her tours.
Royal writer Kitty Kelley has shone light on the Queen’s seeming less than confident side in her recent book.
The Royals details the difference in character between the monarch and the Duke during their official state trips abroad.
She said during such occasions, Queen Elizabeth II appeared to feel “self conscious” about “the gaps in her education.”
Kitty wrote: “Philip chatted with anyone about anything, while Elizabeth worried constantly about what to say.”