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HM Queen, forgotten photo’s through the War

Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw


The amateur photographs show the teenage future monarch setting the example followed today by her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Queen Elizabeth II Serves As A Mechanic During World War 2 In February 1945, Elizabeth II joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, as an honorary Second Subaltern with the service number of 230873. She trained as a driver and mechanic, drove a military truck, and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later. She is the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during the Second World War.

They were taken in March 1945 showing the then Princess Elizabeth still aiding the war effort after the tide had turned against the Nazis in Europe.