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Achievements

The Queen is also the first British monarch to make consistent use of television. The decision to allow a documentary on the royal family, which was broadcast in 1969, opened up the monarchy to millions of viewers around the world. While at the time the documentary was justified as a way of humanizing the royals, some observers have said it opened the door for the more intrusive coverage in the 1990s that has nearly destroyed the monarchy.

 

According to Buckingham Palace officials, during her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has:

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  made 251 official overseas visits to 281 different countries

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  met with 10 prime ministers

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  approved 3,135 Acts of Parliament

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  hosted 88 state banquets

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  received 3 million pieces of correspondence

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  conferred 380,000 awards and honors

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  mailed 37,000 Christmas cards

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  sent 100,000 telegrams to centenarians

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  sent 280,000 telegrams to couples celebrating wedding           anniversaries

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  entertained over 1 million guests at garden parties

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  launched 17 ships

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  posed for 120 portraits

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  delivered 48 Christmas broadcasts

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  attended 31 Royal Variety Performances

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  owned more than 30 Welsh corgis (dogs )

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