When you’ve already visited 120 countries (there are 195) then it’s difficult to choose your best… but here to mark her 70th anniversary of her coronation today, are the Queen’s platinum destinations.
But some stats before we go travelling…
Her Maj has sailed over one million miles on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Now docked along the road from Murty Palace in Leith.
And she has travelled the equivalent of 42 times around the globe (and to think My Queen has only been round once!)
All of this too without the need for a passport.
Princess Elizabeth was on her travels, naturally, when she succeeded her Dad, King George VI in 1952, in Kenya.
The 70 years actually starts from this year as that was when she was crowned.
The story goes that she was up a tree at the time with her husband, Prince Philip.
Although this was no shinnying up the bark, or a kiddies’ treehouse.
It was the three-room hotel, Treetops, built into the top of a large tree.
And only closed last October because of Covid.
And in one of the other rooms, hunter Jim Corbett stayed awake to make sure no wildlife got near.
Queen of Scots
No such problems in Aberdeenshire in the north-east of Scotland.
It is said to be the Queen’s favourite place in the whole wide world.
It was in the Balmoral Estate (a favourite too of Queen Victoria’s) that she took refuge from the storm after Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Of course the 54 countries of the Commonwealth have taken up most of the Queen’s time.
And Canada most of all where she has visited 27 times.
A favourite too of her parents.
There were in fact contingency plans in place for the Royal Family to take refuge there from the Nazis in Britain’s darkest hour.
It’s hard to imagine, of course, now but the most famous woman on the planet was once a navy officer’s wife.
Albeit that officer being a prince, Philip.
And she lived on base with Philip in Malta, the jewel of the Mediterranean.
Where she is said to have loved the easier pace of life than back home.
Among other aspects of her life which are less known is that the Queen is a Francophile, a fluent Gallic speaker, and that she also likes German.
No Teuton gags here or it will be oaf with der head!
Friend of Ireland
Her Maj has naturally been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland.
But it was only in 2011 that she set foot in the south of the island.
The Royal Bucket List
That leaves just 75 countries for Queenie to visit too (and she won’t let her 95 years put her off).
Among them Greece, where Philip had some unresolved issues, Madagascar, Cuba, Israel and Peru.
And that leaves the rest of us in the ha’penny place (her head was on that too) when it comes to the Queen’s platinum destinations.
And as the gratitudes are handed out over the course of the year, what most people will be glad of, is the four bank holidays Britons are getting this year.