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The Queen

Most intriguing places named after The Queen

Photo: Benjamin Wareing

While it is not uncommon for royals, especially The Queen, to have places named after them, some places are more interesting to be named after one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history. So, what are some of the most intriguing things named after Her Majesty? Royal Central takes a look.

Princess Elizabeth Land in Antartica

While seeing places named after The Queen is expected in the UK and Commonwealth realms, Antarctica isn’t a location that first comes to mind when thinking of places that are named after Her Majesty. Nonetheless, Princess Elizabeth Land exists in Antarctica as a small area on the continent that is home to the coldest place on earth. It is located in the Australian Arctic Territory which explains how the area may have been named after The Queen as she is also the Queen of Australia.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway in Canada

We all know of many roads named after The Queen, but one doesn’t expect to hear her name alongside the word ‘driveway.’ The Queen Elizabeth Driveway is located in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario; it is not actually a driveway but actually a scenic parkway. You won’t find yourself driving too fast though as the speed limit is quite low (37 mph or 59 kph).

Queen Elizabeth cake

A yummy dessert bears the name of The Queen. This cake is made of sugar, flour, dates, eggs, and butter; the icing is sugary and infused with shredded coconut. It’s a special dessert as it was made for Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953!

Queen Elizabeth Street in Ukraine

Hearing streets named after Her Majesty is normal but in Ukraine, unexpected. It is located in the city of Mukachevo in the Zakarpattia Oblast in southwest Ukraine.

Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in New York

The garden is in memory of all those Commonwealth citizens who were killed in the September 11th, 2001, attacks in New York. It is located in Hanover Square in the Financial District and was opened by The Queen in 2010. It has originally been named The British Garden at Hanover Square when it was opened by Prince Harry in 2009.

Princess Elizabeth Island in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe named the island after The Queen at the request of her father, King George VI, which explains why it is called Princess Elizabeth Island and not Queen Elizabeth Island.

Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada

In Canada’s northernmost area, the Queen Elizabeth Islands are split between two provinces: the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. It’s also estimated that around 14% of the world’s glaciers and ice caps are located here.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.