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Last Updated: Monday April 10 2006 07:53 GMT

Queen's birthday facts revealed

Portrait of the Queen by Rolf Harris

Owning all the whales in British waters and having her own message on the moon are just two facts released about the Queen to mark her 80th birthday.

Buckingham Palace put together the list of 80 facts ahead of her special birthday celebrations on April 21.

Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis, launched 23 ships and has received everything from jaguars, sloths and eggs as presents.

She sent her first e-mail in 1976,years before most people had heard of them

Here are a few more things you may not know about the Queen:

    She has sat for 139 official portraitsShe has opened 15 bridges in the UKShe has launched 23 shipsShe has owned more than 30 corgisShe has awarded more than 387,700 honoursShe has received over 3 million items of correspondenceThere have been six Archbishops of Canterbury, 10 Prime Ministers and 10 US Presidents during her reign.

    Lots of celebrations are being prepared for the Queen's special day including a tea party for children at the Palace and a big show with pop acts and celebrities.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "If you look through the years the Queen has changed with the times.... but she always maintains traditions."