Queen Elizabeth spent her life behind the steering wheel

Queen Elizabeth II never needed to drive a day in her life, however she spent her life behind the steering wheel.

The late ruler’s affection for motoring started when, as princess, she elected to join the Helper Regional Help during The Second Great War at age 19 and prepared to turn into a technician and driver.

She was the principal female individual from the imperial family to serve full time in the military, placing in an entire day at the tactical office prior to getting back to Windsor Palace around evening time.

Her examinations included mechanics hypothesis, map perusing, and she figured out how to keep up with and drive weighty trucks, as per the Royal Conflict Historical center.

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Elizabeth learned to repair and drive trucks in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and continued to drive into her 90s.
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The British press gave her the nickname “Princess Auto Mechanic” and often photographed and filmed her servicing and driving military vehicles.

Then-Princess Elizabeth studied mechanics theory and map reading in the armed forces.

Then-Princess Elizabeth studied mechanics theory and map reading in the armed forces.
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Even after becoming Queen, she never fully relinquished the driver’s seat.

She was frequently seen chaffering family and friends the seven miles between Windsor and the Ascot Racecourse for the annual Royal Ascot event.

Queen Elizabeth II drove her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne to the 1957 Royal Ascot in a Daimler Conquest.

Queen Elizabeth II drove her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne to the 1957 Royal Ascot in a Daimler Conquest.
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Her car collection was largely British, and included vehicles from most of the domestic brands, including Daimler and Vauxhall.

Many of the major automakers sent their condolences after her passing on Thursday, including Jaguar Land Rover, which made some of her favorite vehicles.

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“The passing of Her Majesty The Queen has left everybody at Jaguar Land Rover deeply saddened, and our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this time,” the company wrote.

Several of Elizabeth's vehicles were fitted with custom hood ornaments shaped like dogs.

Several of Elizabeth’s vehicles were fitted with custom hood ornaments shaped like dogs.
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Along with her trips to the races, Elizabeth regularly drove her Land Rover Defenders and Range Rovers around the royal estates with her corgis and Labradors along for the ride.

This Daimler features badges for RE (Regina Elizabeth) and The Automobile Association.

This Daimler features badges for RE (Regina Elizabeth) and The Automobile Association.
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Several of the vehicles were even fitted with custom hood ornaments made by Louis Lejeune designed to look like the dogs.

She was said to be known to diagnose and repair faulty engines into her 90s, the National World War 2 Museum reported.

Elizabeth drove her Range Rover to the Royal Ascot in 2021.

Elizabeth drove her Range Rover to the Royal Ascot in 2021.
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Elizabeth last drove to the Royal Ascot in 2021 and was photographed behind the wheel of a Jaguar X-Type wagon at Windsor in November, but was driven to the races this year.

The Queen Mother's coffin was carried by a Jaguar hearse in 2002.

The Queen Mother’s coffin was carried by a Jaguar hearse in 2002.
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The motorized vehicle that will carry her coffin during her funeral has not yet been revealed, but her mother’s was driven through Windsor in a Jaguar hearse built by Wilcox Limousines in 2002.

Prince Philip's helped design this Land Rover hearse.

Prince Philip’s helped design this Land Rover hearse.
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Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, helped design his own hearse, which was based on a Land Rover Defender.

Elizabeth achieved the rank of junior commander, which is equivalent to captain, during her World War 2 service.

Elizabeth achieved the rank of junior commander, which is equivalent to captain, during her World War 2 service.
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He reportedly once asked Elizabeth to “just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor,” and very much got his wish.

 

 

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