Queen Elizabeth II as a Mechanic (1945)
Watch video of then-Princess Elizabeth in
the military, training as a mechanic and
driver in 1945. Her father, King George
VI, visits her as she works on the engine
of a Red Cross truck. She was doing her
part to assist in the war effort and is
the only female member of the Royal Family
to have ever served in the armed forces.
Queen Elizabeth II served as a member of
the Auxiliary Territorial Service and
trained as a military truck driver and
mechanic. She had the rank of honorary
second subaltern, service number 230873.
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