Queen Elizabeth II: Numbers behind the reign

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It’s been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II became monarch of the UK, and she’s marking her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties, pageants and even 1,000 boats sailing up the River Thames.

It’s been 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II became monarch of the UK, and she’s marking her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties, pageants and even 1,000 boats sailing up the River Thames.

On this anniversary year of her coronation, check out the numbers behind the queen’s reign:


60 years, four months — The length of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as of June 6, 2012, making her the second-longest reigning monarch.

63 years, seven months, two days — The length of the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901.


2,868 — The number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown that the queen wears at the state opening of Parliament.

4.9 lbs — The weight of the St. Edward’s Crown worn by Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953. (Photos: Monarchs’ diamonds, rubies and sapphires)


£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.

$4.2 billion — Net worth of British entrepreneur Richard Branson.

1 — Number of ATMs in Buckingham Palace.


261 — The number of official overseas visits Elizabeth has made as of January 1, 2012.

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.

Prime ministers and presidents

12 — Number of prime ministers who have served during Elizabeth’s reign, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.

2 — Number of prime ministers born during her reign (Tony Blair in 1953 and David Cameron in 1966).

12 — Number of U.S. presidents in office since Elizabeth ascended to the throne, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

1 — Number of U.S. presidents born during Elizabeth’s reign (Barack Obama in 1961).

1 — Number of sitting U.S. presidents with whom the queen did not meet (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Firsts and onlys

Queen Elizabeth II is the only British monarch to have celebrated a diamond wedding anniversary, having been married to Prince Philip since 1947.

She is the only person is the United Kingdom who can drive without a license or car registration.

She does not have a passport.