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Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II

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Throwback Thursday: A princess, a truck driver and a car mechanic during the World War II, now Queen Elizabeth II.

When World War II began in 1939, her majesty was just 13 years old and was known as Princess Elizabeth.

The Queen, her sister and their mother remained in England for the duration of the War, which lasted till 1945.

The Queen took over many traditionally male jobs like making batteries, repairing trucks and finding enemy aircrafts.





The now-Queen Elizabeth remains the only female member of the royal family to have served in the Army.

At 95, the energetic and confident Queen of England still drive herself in her over hundred luxury cars from brands like Range Rover.

But she is always chauffeured in her official car, the 4.4 ton armoured Bentley State Limousine worth ₦4.4 billion.

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When World War II began in 1939, her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who was just 13 years old and was known as Princess Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret, and their mother remained in England for the duration of the War, which lasted till 1945.

During the war, her mother, Queen Mother, refused to evacuate her children to Canada, even as their home, Buckingham Palace, was reportedly bombed nine times throughout the war.





Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

The Queen Mother, who became a symbol of courage and resilience for the country for not moving her family to Canada during the war, said :

“The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave,”

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

When the then-Princess Elizabeth turned 18 years in 1944, she insisted upon joining the Army, where she became a subaltern, a British term for junior officer.

As a junior officer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), Princess Elizabeth was trained as a car mechanic, where she and other women of the ATS took over many traditionally male jobs like making batteries, repairing trucks and finding enemy aircrafts.

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

The then-princess Elizabeth and her mother, Queen Mother

A report stated that :

“One of her (Queen) major joys was to get dirt under her nails and grease stains in her hands, and display these signs of labor to her friends”

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

According to reports, her father, King George, was initially against the idea of his daughter joining the war effort, but she convinced him otherwise. She also learned how to drive large trucks, like the ambulance (pictured above), during her ATS service.

The now-Queen Elizabeth remains the only female member of the royal family to have served in the Army, where she rose to the rank of junior commander.

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

Bentley State Limousine

Throwback : A Princess, A Driver And A Mechanic During World War II, Now Queen Elizabeth II - autojosh

The Queen Of England remains the only person in the United Kingdom that can drive a car without a license and travel overseas without passport.

At 95, the energetic and confident Queen still drive herself in her over hundred luxury cars. But she is always chauffeured in her official car, the 4.4 ton armoured Bentley State Limousine worth ₦4.4 billion.





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