50 bizarre and curious facts about the British monarchy

The British monarchy is one of the oldest and most famous in the World. From the unification of the Kingdoms of England in the 6th century by Alfred the Great and his successors to Queen Anne, first Queen of Great Britain, and from George I of Hannover to Elizabeth II of Windsor, the Crown and its members, the Royal Family, had been a limitless source of inexplicable traditions, ridiculous rules, and bizarre facts. Let’s take a look at fifty of the most curious of them: 

The Empire Strikes Back

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At its peak in the 18th century, after the Spanish golden era, the British Empire controlled 20% of the world’s surface. The Crown ruled over a quarter of the world’s population in five continents.