Queen Elizabeth served many roles throughout her lifetime of service within the royal household. She was head of the Commonwealth, defender of the religion … and truck driver.
In the course of the Second World Battle, King George VI had dominated that then-Princess Elizabeth shouldn’t be part of the ladies’s auxiliaries. However as Life journal reported, “‘Betts’ had different concepts”.
She signed up with the Auxiliary Territorial Service in February 1945 on the age of 18, and enrolled in a driving and car upkeep course, studying how you can service, preserve and drive heavy automobiles.
She invested seven hours a day coaching on the ATS Number one Mechanical Transport Coaching Centre however returned to Windsor Fort within the evenings throughout her coaching.
And whereas she was by no means allowed to trip a London bus or taxi, she nonetheless handed her driving course in two days lower than the prescribed time, in accordance with the Imperial Battle Museum.
“The younger princess graduated as a totally certified driver, however the warfare ended earlier than she was in a position to make sensible use of her new expertise,” a museum video notes. “To go her closing check, she made a solo journey in a heavy car from Camberley in Surrey into London.”