LOS ANGELES: In celebration of George Harrison’s birthday, the launch of George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection and the publication of I ME MINE – The Extended Edition, Genesis Publications in conjunction with the George Harrison Estate will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects on Sunday 26th February.

The exhibition will include facsimiles of George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, pictures from the family albums, and original portraits of Harrison by Shepard Fairey. Rare limited editions on display will include: I Me Mine, Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan.

Genesis’ pop-up store will include framed prints and books by artists including: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ronnie Wood, and Sir Peter Blake. A special I ME MINE package has been created for the exhibition, consisting of the new book, a poster and book bag; the first 100 customers will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey.

February 26th - 12pm-6pm
Subliminal Projects
1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.



Elvis Presley’s Graceland announced the official opening date for its new, $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment complex, now named “Elvis Presley’s Memphis," which is currently under construction across the street from Graceland Mansion.

March 2-5, 2017 will be the Grand Opening Celebration weekend, as Graceland welcomes visitors from around the world to its largest and most significant expansion since first opening to the public in 1982. The opening four days of Elvis Presley’s Memphis will feature major celebration events each day, including live concerts that will celebrate Elvis’ incredible life and career, and honor Memphis’ rich musical legacy across genres, including Blues, Rockabilly, R&B, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.



As a giant fan of all that is FARGO...I am happy to share the new premiere date, Wednesday April 19, 2017at 10pm ET, with my readers! The new story begins in 2010 which is 4 years after the first season of Fargo. From what I have been reading the story has a lot tekkie/cell phone culture in the plot.

Fargo 3 Cast

One of my favorite pages is Den of Geeks. They have a synopsis of Season 3. 
Set in 2010, the third season centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (both played by Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. 

Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. 

Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge. Read the Full News Hub for FARGO 



1. The MGM Grand- The MGM Grand Detroit is not only a luxury hotel, but it's also a huge casino, which gives it a little bit of a Vegas vibe. The casino is home to over 90 table games and thousands of slots and video poker machines. Feel free to skip the games and check out the other amenities the hotel has to offer.

You can dine at one of the many restaurants or dance in some of the best nightclubs in Detroit. There is even a spa and an indoor spa. Afterwards, you can head back to your room. You will love staying here and you'll love the friendly staff and the spacious bathrooms and showers.

2. The Townsend - This hotel can be found Birmingham, which is a suburb of Detroit. It’s a great option as a Five Star Hotel in Michigan, has a great atmosphere, offers afternoon tea and has a great staff that pays close attention to their guests. Many guests have raved about the rooms, which have been renovated and feature Egyptian cotton sheets, large televisions and large marble bathrooms that feature soaking tubs.

Not only that, but there are numerous dining options offered by the hotel. There is one downside and that is you'll have to pay a fee for premium WiFi. If you want in-room WiFi, then be prepared to pay for it.

3.Henry, Autograph Collection- This hotel is located in Dearborn and guests seem to love its setting. Many guests have mentioned how it is located in a safe area and it is close to downtown. Not only is the hotel's location praised, but so is its comfortable rooms, which have comfortable linens and marble bathrooms. There's also free WiFi, so feel free to use your favorite mobile device while there.

You can venture to the nearby area to find something to eat, but feel free to go to the hotel's on-site restaurant called TRIA. It serves organic and seasonal food, and the dishes are priced fairly. If you want to workout, then you can do it at the fitness center or you can go for a swim in the indoor swimming pool. The staff is attentive and friendly, so you can rest assure you will be treated with respect.

4. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport- This hotel is adjacent to the airport, and there's a 24-hour shuttle service that can take you to the North Terminal, which makes it easy for guests to catch flights. A lot of people like staying here when they have to catch early morning flights. Valet parking is available, which is convenient for those who don't want to park their cars.

If that wasn't impressive enough, you'll be pleased to know there's a fitness center on-site and very comfortable beds in the rooms. Guests who have stayed there recently have mentioned how the on-site restaurant serves amazing food, but is a bit on the expensive side. If you have points from the Starwood Preferred program, then redeem them if you stay at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

5. The MotorCity Casino Hotel- This hotel offers the best of both worlds, as it doubles as a hotel and a casino, so feel free to gamble at one of the tables or play a few slots and video poker games. There's a fitness center, spa and numerous dining options you can choose from. Once in your room, you will enjoy sleeping on comfortable linens and free WiFi access.

If you're after extensive luxury, then you should look for another place. This is because the hotel does look its age, but nonetheless it is a good place to stay at. If you want to stay at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, then you'll find it northeast of the center of Detroit.



“Valentine's Day is a great day to let those you love know how special they are. I want to let my readers know that you are very special to me.” xoxoK


Gang warfare ruled the streets of Chicago during the late 1920s, as chief gangster Al Capone sought to consolidate control by eliminating his rivals in the illegal trades of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution.

This rash of gang violence reached its bloody climax in a garage on the city’s North Side on February 14, 1929, when seven men associated with the Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran, one of Capone’s longtime enemies, were shot to death by several men dressed as policemen.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it was known, was never officially linked to Capone, but he was generally considered to have been responsible for the murders.

1929 St. Valentine day massacre facts:
The only survivor was German Shepherd called Highball.
150 shots were fired at the North Side gangsters.
Al Capone was in Miami at the time of the killings.
Gangster Frank Gusenberg was still barely alive when police turned up. They asked him who shot him, he answered: "Nobody." He died few hours later.

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is the name given to the February 14, 1929 murder of seven men of the North Side Irish gang during the Prohibition Era.[1] It resulted from the struggle – between the Irish American gang and the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone – to take control of organized crime in Chicago.



Gong Expresso Feat. Gong Alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe To Release New Album “Decadence”

Montreal - Hansford Rowe's HRIII merges with Gong Expresso! Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled “Decadence.”

Says Hansford, “ 'Decadence' is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide. On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion.”

Francois Causse - drums, percussion
Julien Sandiford - guitar
Benoit Moerlen - vibes, marimba
Hansford Rowe - bass

PM's Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid 1970's drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre's brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members.

Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as “Ommadawn”, “Incantations”, “Exposed” and “Platinum.” Pierre Moerlen sadly passed away on May 5th, 2005.

In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly. Along with finishing their new album, the band will be releasing a new video soon.

For more information: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hr3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GongExpresso/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDb7pRK9A-fBjZTbp3vbd_w


One of my very favorite animators is Simon Tofield of Simon's Cat fame. Simon's simple but endearing cartoon style is burning up the internet! Here is more about Simon.

Simon's Cat is an animated cartoon and book series by the British animator Simon Tofield featuring a hungry house cat who uses increasingly heavy-handed tactics to get his owner to feed him.

Creator Simon Tofield revealed that his four cats, called Teddy, Hugh, Jess and Maisie, provide inspiration for the series, with Hugh being the primary inspiration.

Watch Simon Tofield sketch and then digitally color a cute and romantic Valentine's image for 2017. Featuring Chloe being less than impressed by the cat's odd but loving gift!

Below is Cat Man Do, my favorite (so far) of the Simon's Cat series

Simon's Characters

Simon's Cat: The title character. His antics, often in the quest for food, vex his owner, Simon. He loves cat food, but also enjoys birds, mice, and fish out of Simon's koi pond. A significant amount of the humour in the book comes from his efforts to capture birds, mice, and fish. Simon's cat has not been officially named, though writer Simon Tofield says that Simon's cat is based on his own cat, Hugh.

Simon: The long-suffering owner of the cat, a graphic artist.

Simon's sister's dog: A dog that first appears in the video "Fed Up," in which he is fed underneath the table by a family. The dog also appears in the book and loves to play fetch.

The Bird: A bird who Simon's cat chases, and who generally outsmarts him.

The Hedgehog: A hedgehog that lives in Simon's back garden. Simon's cat loves to annoy the hedgehog by impaling objects such as apples, leaves, and tennis balls onto its prickles. The hedgehog also has children.

The Garden Gnome: A garden gnome similar to the one broken by Simon's cat in "Let Me In." The gnome is seen holding either a fishing rod or a net. Simon's cat often tries to get the gnome to help in his schemes to catch food. The cat considers the gnome a friend, apparently unaware that it is an inanimate object.

The Bunny: A rabbit that lives in Simon's garden who can literally run circles around the cat.

The Kitten: In October 2011, Simon brings home a new member of the family who, in spite of his tender age, appears to be considerably smarter than his adult counterpart.

The Toad: The toad also lives in the garden.

The Frog: The frog appears in some shorts as well, and is differentiated from the toad in a "How to Draw...Frogs and Toads" short as well as in the "Simon Draws" section of the Kitten Chaos book.

The Squirrel: The squirrel lives in a tree in Simon's back yard. He loves to pelt Simon's Cat with acorns when the cat chases him.

The Mouse: Another creature that is often chased by Simon's Cat. Despite their adversarial relationship, the mouse aided Simon's Cat in an elaborate plot intended to impress a female cat in "Smitten."

Chloe: A female cat who is the object of Simon's cats affections for a time. Demure and somewhat snobbish, she exhibits a finicky appetite, munching on a trail of cat treats but angrily refusing a mouse offered by Simon's Cat in the first film.


China Glaze in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi was nothing short of Fashion Week fabulous. Nail artist Mar y Soul perfectly captured the cool Cali girl vibe of the collection with a scattering of tiny silver and gold stars across the nails for a negative space meets western chic design.

Follow behind-the-scenes for an all access pass to the magic.


King Kong has been an icon of motion pictures since 1933. 
He's back. March 10, 2017!!

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writers: Dan Gilroy (screenplay), Max Borenstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Brie Larson


Dolly Parton and Pentatonix win GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with a cappella recording of “Jolene”

Dolly Parton teamed up with the award-winning vocal group Pentatonix to record her 1973 hit, “Jolene. ” The new rendition debuted at No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart and now has earned both artists GRAMMY gold. CONGRATULATIONS!!

“Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene,” says Dolly Parton. “I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all.”


Felling Big Trees is the story of disgraced Congressman Fran Stewart as he turns to the American heartland to find redemption in the eyes of his daughter and the woman he loves. He has been adrift after losing his wife in a horrific car accident.

Trying to free himself from a politically powerful mother-in-law who blames him for his daughter's death, Fran searches for a way to prepare a better future for himself and his teenage daughter, Becky. An innocent misstep one evening leads to political disaster for Fran. Fran travels through heartland towns where no one knows he's a former congressman.

Stripped of the detachment that characterized his early years as a congressman, Fran is drawn to an everyman perspective that poses universal questions. What breeds inaction and apathy? How do we jumpstart a deeper connection to the injustices we see every day? What does it take to engender empathy in a meaningful and focused way?

How far will we humble ourselves to help those with few resources? Fran has to stand up to prejudices and uncaring established ways. His story and how he relates to those he meets fits well with a time when compassion and tolerance are often overwhelmed by strident tones and lack of basic civility.


I am still obsessed with Sock Monkeys! Have loved them my entire lifetime! Today we are featuring the history of this very cool doll which has never lost it's "coolness".

The iconic sock monkeys made from red-heeled socks, known today as the Rockford Red Heel, emerged at the earliest in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company added the trademarked red heel to its product.

These socks were originally made by the Nelson Knitting Mills in Rockford, Illinois (hence the name) since 1890, and patented in 1915. When the company decided to include sock monkey instructions with every pair of the Red Heel® socks in the 1950's, the true marketing magic began.

 Vintage Sock Monkeys

John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, patented the sock-knitting machine in 1868, and began knitting socks on an automatic machine in Rockford, Illinois as early as 1870. On September 15, 1880, the Nelson Knitting Company formed, producing "Celebrated Rockford Seamless Hosiery," and selling them under the name of the "Nelson Sock."

Nelson Knitting added the red heel "De-Tec-Tip" to assure it's customers that they were buying "original Rockford's" as opposed to the generic "Rockford's". This red heel gave the monkeys their distinctive mouth and during the Great Depression, American crafters first made sock monkeys out of worn-out Rockford Red Heel Socks.

In 1953, a woman named Helen Cooke received the patent for sock monkeys. She sued a man named Stanley Levy because he sold sock monkeys but they were not the same design as hers. Levy contacted the Nelson Knitting Company hoping that they would declare the patent invalid.

The company knew that people had been making dolls for the last two years, so they gathered up all the dolls that had been made the past two years so that they could have evidence proving that Helen Cooke should not have the patent.

Helen Cooke settled the case against Stanley Levy when she was shown all the evidence that had been collected against her. She decided to sell the patent to the Nelson Knitting Company for $750. The company also paid other women for the rights to the doll including a woman in Tennessee who was paid $1000. Rockford, Illinois became the "home of the sock monkey.

Homemade red-heel sock monkey dolls usually have unique faces and body characteristics and are considered one-of-a-kind. Sock monkey dolls are also mass-manufactured in the marketplace. Sock monkey dolls mass-manufactured by a company normally all have the same face and body characteristics.

Not all sock monkey dolls are created from red-heel socks. A 2015 trend started to create sock monkey dolls from colorful striped or polka dot socks—even mismatched socks.

The Schylling Sock Monkey Company makes them today and they are very nice. But the homemade ones will always be my favorites. The Schylling Co. makes all kinds of merchandise relating to the Sock Monkey.  Here is a very cute Sock Monkey Umbrella

Sock monkeys remain a popular icon and are popular with all ages. They now come in different styles, such as "birthday-themed", different colors, and even electronic ones that sing up-to-date pop songs. Most vintage red-heel sock monkeys found today are no older than the late 1950s, and many date from the 1970s. Read More on Wiki



The Amazing Mike Illitch July 20, 1929-February 10, 2017

Mike Illitch passed away today at 87. Mr. Illitch will be sadly missed. Mr. Illitch was Detroit's biggest cheerleader and invested so much back into the city he loved, Detroit, Michigan.

Mike and Marian Ilitch hoist the Stanley Cup on June 16, 1998 in Washington, D.C. after the Red Wings won their second consecutive NHL title by sweeping the Capitals. Vyacheslav Kozlov is at left.

Before his death, the Ilitch organization had embarked on a massive $1.2-billion District Detroit project, transforming dozens of blocks of largely vacant land in downtown Detroit into a vibrant neighborhood that will include office, retail and residential spaces, as well as the new Little Caesars arena. The project will continue under the leadership of his son, Christopher Ilitch, who became president and CEO last year, amid reports of Mike's ailing health.

Ilitch was at the center of Detroit's downtown redevelopment efforts; he purchased and renovated the Fox Theatre and relocated his business headquarters (Ilitch Holdings) there. He also owned Olympia Entertainment.

He bought the Red Wings and brought them back to life. Then when the Tigers were suffering under the ownership of another pizza mogul, Illitch bought the Tigers. The fans rejoiced!

Ilitch is survived by his wife and business partner, Marian, and seven adult children, Christopher Ilitch, Denise Ilitch, Atanas Ilitch, Mike Ilitch Jr., Lisa Ilitch Murray, Ronald Tyrus Ilitch, Carole Ilitch Trepeck




I received this gorgeous purple book yesterday and I have no idea who sent it! It is a gorgeous hard cover biography/photo coffee table book about Prince. Lovely birthday gift! Thank you whoever sent this fabulous book!

Here is some information about the book:

Prince: Life and Times is an authoritative chronicle of his career to date, covering every album, every movie, and every tour. It includes profiles of various key collaborators, assesses his business dealings, and details his many and varied side-projects - on stage, on record, on screen, and beyond.

Prince has cut a singular path through the heart of popular music for more than 30 years. After making some of the most inventive albums of the 80s - including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign "O" The Times - he turned his attention to redefining his role in the music industry, changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, declaring war on Warner Bros, and leading the internet revolution.

To purchase your copy, click the link or icon below




On February 10, we are not going to be treated to not just one celestial event on the same day but three. A lunar eclipse, snow moon and New Year comet should all be visible this Friday night into Saturday morning.

Penumbral lunar eclipse

Eagle-eyed skywatchers will see a "penumbral" lunar eclipse Friday evening during the full moon.

An unusual green comet reaches maximum brightness on Saturday, providing a sweet treat for early-morning risers.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (named after three astronomers who discovered it in 1948) travels into the inner solar system every 5.25 years. On Saturday, 45P will pass just 7.4 million miles from Earth, a stone's throw by celestial yardsticks.

Not as spectacular — or noticeable — as a total lunar eclipse, this rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra), according to EarthSky.org.

The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part — but not all — of the sun's rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual.

The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 p.m. ET (6:43 p.m. CT, 5:43 p.m. MT and 4:43 p.m. PT), NASA said.

The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia and eastern North and South America, NASA reports.

About 35% of all eclipses are of the penumbral type.

The next full moon will be:
Friday * 10th February 2017 * 07:32:53 pm
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Moon sign: Leo 22° 28'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Saturday * 11th Feb 2017 * 13:32:53 pm (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 11:32:53 am (AEDT)
TOKYO = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 09:32:53 am (JST)
BEIJING = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 08:32:53 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 07:32:53 am (ICT)
DELHI = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 06:02:53 am (IST)
DUBAI = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 04:32:53 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 03:32:53 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 01:32:53 am (CET)
LAGOS = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 01:32:53 am (WAT)
LONDON = Saturday * 11th February 2017 * 12:32:53 am (GMT)
RIO = Friday * 10th February 2017 * 10:32:53 pm (BRST)
SANTIAGO = Friday * 10th February 2017 * 09:32:53 pm (CLST)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 10th Feb 2017 * 06:32:53 pm (CST)
CALGARY = Friday * 10th February 2017 * 05:32:53 pm (MST)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 10th Feb 2017 * 04:32:53 pm (PST)
ANCHORAGE = Friday * 10th Feb 2017 * 03:32:53 pm (AKST)
HONOLULU = Friday * 10th February 2017 * 02:32:53 pm (HAST)


PBS Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heartwrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre.

In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30 (March 5, 1963).

The new documentary Patsy Cline: AMERICAN MASTERS premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings, see below for confirmed airdates) during Women's History Month as part of the 31 st season of THIRTEEN's AMERICAN MASTERS series. 2017 marks the 85 th anniversary of Cline's birth (September 8, 1932).

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: AMERICAN MASTERS examines the roots of Cline's impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the NASHVILLE Sound.

With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of such Cline classics as "Walkin' After Midnight," "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray," "Come On In," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," "You Made Me Love You" and more.

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline's contemporaries and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D'Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton, Terri Clark, and more.

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male NASHVILLE peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records.

The series will premiere nationwide, beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.

Websites: http://pbs.org/americanmasters, http://facebook.com/americanmasters,  http://pbsamericanmasters.tumblr.com, http://youtube.com/AmericanMastersPBS, http://instagram.com/pbsamericanmasters,



Today marks The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee. It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne.

On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title.

In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth ll's Sapphire Jubilee On Accession Day 2017 - 65 Years On The Throne!


1. The Queen was born at 2:40am on April 21 1926 - the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.

2. The infant princess was third in line to the throne - and was not expected to be Queen.

3. She was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the chapel at Buckingham Palace.
4. She is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.

5. She was only 10 when she became heir presumptive. Her father George VI acceded to the throne after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936.

6. She is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, who seized the Crown in 1066.

7. Princess Elizabeth never went to school - she was educated at home with Princess Margaret, her younger sister.

8. As a child, she was called Lilibet, and her nickname for her sister Margaret Rose was "Bud" because she was "not a real Rose yet".

9. Shortly after her 18th birthday in 1944, she was appointed a Counsellor of State when her father was away on tour, and, for the first time, carried out some of the duties of Head of State.

10. She undertook National Service, joining the Auxiliary Transport Service on February 24 1945, and was registered as No 230873 Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor.

11. She qualified as a driver on April 14 1945 and was promoted to Junior Commander.

12. She could have married the Duke of Edinburgh when she was 17 - the age of his first formal request to be considered as a suitor - but her parents thought she was too young. They wed when Princess Elizabeth was 21 and have been married for nearly 70 years.

13. At the very moment her father died in Sandringham on February 6 1952, Elizabeth, unaware of the momentous change to her life, was watching the sun rise over the jungle, having climbed to a lookout post at the top of a tree in Kenya.

 The moment she became Queen

14. Elizabeth II was formally proclaimed Queen at the Accession Council on February 8 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on June 2 1953.

15. Her favorite tipple is gin and Dubonnet - one part gin and two parts Dubonnet. Her favorite cakes are honey and cream sponge, ginger, fruit and the chocolate biscuit cake that the Duke of Cambridge served at his wedding reception.

16. For breakfast, the Queen has cereal with a spoonful of apricots, prunes or Macadamia nuts, or toast with light marmalade. She eats alone because the Duke of Edinburgh rises earlier and has already had his.

17. She drinks Earl Grey tea and listens to BBC Radio 4's Today program. The Racing Post is a favorite read.

18. The Queen has an iPod and a cell phone.

19. She sent her first tweet - signed "Elizabeth R" - from the British monarchy's official Twitter account in 2014 at the opening of a new Science Museum gallery.

20. Her favorite TV shows include the quiz show Pointless. She has also been a fan of Downton Abbey, Silent Witness, EastEnders, The Bill, New Tricks and Midsomer Murders.
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