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Royal Family: The Queen's surprising secret talent that gave her an unusual nickname

MyLondon logo MyLondon 11/08/2022 Amber-Louise Large

The Queen has many talents, from rocking a lime green outfit to making impactful speeches, but one of Her Majesty's hidden skills might just surprise you.

Queen Elizabeth II was a 13-year-old Princess when the second world war broke out. Along with her sister Princess Margaret, the royal was sent to Windsor while her parents the King and Queen remained in London.

As soon as Her Majesty turned 18 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women's branch of the British Army. It was there that she learned how to fix up a car and earned the nickname "Princess Auto Mechanic."

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Princess Elizabeth learning basic car maintenance as a Second Subaltern in the A.T.S 12th April 1945. © Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images Princess Elizabeth learning basic car maintenance as a Second Subaltern in the A.T.S 12th April 1945.

The then-Princess started training to be a mechanic in 1945 and took a driving and vehicle maintenance course at Aldershot. As a second subaltern and later Junior Commander, her service number was 230873.

The Express was shown images of a long-forgotten letter written the Queen wrote to a friend just after she turned 19. She wrote in the letter that she found the mechanics course "most interesting."

"I've never worked so hard in my life before," she wrote, "everything I learned was brand new to me - all the oddities of the inside of a car and all the intricacies of map reading. But I enjoyed it all very much and found it a great experience."

The Queen still loves and enjoys driving herself around the royal estates. She was last spotted driving around Windsor Castle in November 2021. She is the only person in the country who can drive without a license.


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