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. Related Article: The Crown: History vs. Hollywood

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