Contest: How Much Do You Know About Queen Elizabeth II?

May 29th, 2012 · 14 Comments

Since everyone else here in the UK seems to be marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this week, I thought I would run a little contest to celebrate it too.  This is a very historic year for Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates her reign of 60 years and becomes the second-longest reigning British monarch.

You could win this tin of delicious cookies!

I’m really excited that we will be in London and able to experience this special, once in a lifetime, celebration this weekend.  I’m especially looking forward to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant that will happen this Sunday (3 June), which will be this huge parade of more than 1,000 boats of all kinds on the Thames.  Very cool!  And then there’s the big concert on Monday (4 June) at Buckingham Palace.  The concert is going to be pretty impressive with performances from Elton John, Annie Lennox, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, amongst others, since we didn’t get tickets I was glad to find out that it will be broadcast live on BBC One, Radio 2, and shown on big screens in Hyde Park, St James’s Park and The Mall.  After the concert, there will be more than 4,000 beacons lit around the world to mark The Queen’s reign of 60 years.  After that, there will be a big fireworks display at Buckingham Palace.   Along with these things there are many other things going on.  For the full lineup you should check out the BBC’s guide to Jubilee events.

So, now for the contest.  I’ve got six trivia questions about The Queen, one for each decade of her reign.  All you have to do is answer the questions (correctly) and you could be the winner.  The winner will get a package of Diamond Jubilee souvenirs, including a commemorative tin of McVitie’s Biscuits that I bought at Costco (of course), along with a few other Jubilee bits and bobs.

Contest Questions:

  1. When did Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne (day, month, and year)?
  2. When was The Queen’s official coronation ceremony (day, month, and year)?
  3. How many independent countries currently make up the Commonwealth realm that have The Queen as their sovereign?
  4. Which British Monarch reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II?
  5. What year did The Queen and Prince Philip marry?
  6. Does The Queen shop at Costco?  Okay, this one doesn’t strictly have a correct answer and is just for fun.

Contest Rules:

  1. Answer the trivia questions correctly in a comment on this blog post.
  2. The contest will run for 4 days, through midnight CST on 2 June 2012 (that would actually be 6 am here in London on Sunday, 3 June).  Any comments posted after the expiration of the contest will not be eligible for the drawing.
  3. At the end of the contest, there will be a random drawing from everyone that has responded and there will be one lucky winner.  The drawing will be held by 5 June 2012, 2 days after the end of the contest.
  4. The winners screen name will be posted here on 7 June 2012.
  5. When you provide your comment, you will need to provide a valid email address in the comment form (NOT the body of your comment).  I need your email address to be able to contact you for instruction on where your prize should be sent.  Provided email addresses are not publicly available and will only be used to contact you in regards to this contest and will not be sold or used to send you unwanted email.
  6. If a winner does not reply to the notification email, an alternate winner will be picked.
  7. I will send the package directly to the winner in a timely fashion.
  8. This contest is sponsored by AddictedToCostco.com directly and has NO affiliation with Costco.
  9. Neither Dave nor I will be eligible to win this contest, even though we may supply a response.
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14 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Carin // 2012.06.02 at 10:41 pm

    1. 6/2/52
    2. 2/6/53
    3. 16
    4. Queen Victoria
    5. 1947
    6. Oh my YES SHE DOES! She may not always be able to pop in herself, but she certainly sends her “runners”
    to fetch her items! :)

  2. 2 Judy // 2012.06.02 at 3:58 pm

    1: February 6, 1952
    2: June 2, 1953
    3: 16
    4: Queen Victoria
    5: 1947
    6: Not her personally – hopefully her staff does!

  3. 3 Jennifer // 2012.06.02 at 10:00 am

    didn’t read the whole question: the answer is 16. Though the other 38 recognize her sovreignty even though she is not Head of State.

  4. 4 Jennifer // 2012.06.02 at 9:57 am

    1. Feb 6, 1952 (at age 25)
    2. June 2, 1953
    3. 54 independant states including my own, Canada! (the commonwealth games were held in my hoemtown, Victoria BC in 1994)
    4.Victoria
    5. Nov 20, 1947
    6. Considering the cuts to her stipend and large staff, she certainly should start!

  5. 5 This Week at Costco – May 27, 2012 | Addicted To Costco! // 2012.06.02 at 5:14 am

    […] don’t forget to enter the Diamond Jubilee Contest; you have until midnight tonight (US Central Time), which is 6 am Sunday morning here in London. […]

  6. 6 Mary // 2012.06.01 at 1:24 pm

    When did Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne (day, month, and year)?
    February 6, 1952

    When was The Queen’s official coronation ceremony (day, month, and year)?
    June 2, 1953

    How many independent countries currently make up the Commonwealth realm that have The Queen as their sovereign?
    Sixteen

    Which British Monarch reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II?
    Victoria

    What year did The Queen and Prince Philip marry?
    November 20, 1947

    Does The Queen shop at Costco?
    Her staff probably does…all those palace bathrooms aren’t going to stock themselves with toilet paper!

  7. 7 Karol // 2012.05.30 at 11:03 pm

    1. Feb 6, 1952
    2. June 2, 1953
    3. 16
    4. Queen Victoria
    5. 1947
    6. Nah

  8. 8 kk // 2012.05.30 at 11:02 pm

    1. 6/2/52
    2. 2/6/53
    3. 16
    4. Queen Victoria
    5. 1947

    6. No, I do not think she shops at Costco personally. However, her “people” may!

  9. 9 Ray // 2012.05.30 at 8:05 pm

    1: February 6, 1952
    2: June 2, 1953
    3: 16
    4: Queen Victoria
    5: 1947
    6: She might have her workers shop there for her

  10. 10 Johanna Hernandez // 2012.05.30 at 5:34 pm

    When did Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne (day, month, and year)?
    02/06/1952
    When was The Queen’s official coronation ceremony (day, month, and year)? 06/02/1953
    How many independent countries currently make up the Commonwealth realm that have The Queen as their sovereign? 16
    Which British Monarch reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II?
    Victoria
    What year did The Queen and Prince Philip marry? 11/27/1947
    Does The Queen shop at Costco? she probably does not but her maids probably do… and i hope they do !

  11. 11 Tony // 2012.05.30 at 5:15 pm

    Question 1: When did Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne (day, month, and year)?
    Answer 1: February 6th, 1952

    Question 2: When was The Queen’s official coronation ceremony (day, month, and year)?
    Answer 2: June 2nd, 1953

    Question 3: How many independent countries currently make up the Commonwealth realm that have The Queen as their sovereign?
    Answer 3: 16

    Question 4: Which British Monarch reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II?
    Answer 4: Queen Victoria

    Question 5: What year did The Queen and Prince Philip marry?
    Answer 5: November 20th, 1947

    Question 6: Does The Queen shop at Costco? Okay, this one doesn’t strictly have a correct answer and is just for fun.
    Answer 6: Hell yeah she does! She buys steaks and treats for her dogs there 😉

  12. 12 Nathan // 2012.05.30 at 3:27 pm

    Answer 1: 6 February, 1952
    Answer 2: 2 June, 1953
    Answer 3: 16 years old
    Answer 4: Queen Victoria
    Answer 5: 1947
    Answer 6: No

  13. 13 Amber // 2012.05.29 at 5:43 pm

    1. 6/2/52
    2. 2/6/53
    3. 16
    4. Queen Victoria
    5. 1947
    6. If she doesn’t, she should!

    Fun contest, I actually learned some stuff! :)

  14. 14 ladywild // 2012.05.29 at 8:33 am

    When did Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne (day, month, and year)? 6 February 1952
    When was The Queen’s official coronation ceremony (day, month, and year)? 2 June 1953
    How many independent countries currently make up the Commonwealth realm that have The Queen as their sovereign? 16
    Which British Monarch reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II? Victoria
    What year did The Queen and Prince Philip marry? 20 November 1947
    Does The Queen shop at Costco? Okay, this one doesn’t strictly have a correct answer and is just for fun. YES

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