Occasionally, on days like today, she takes one of her many luxury cars out for a ride. Exercising her royal right to drive without a license, Her Majesty was spotted driving home in a green Jaguar right after attending a church service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park earlier today.
ltr">the queen driving herself home from church today is currently my favorite internet photograph pic.twitter.com/uPLFb8H2cz— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) May 7, 2017
Now 91 years old, the Queen first learned to drive in 1945, when she served as a mechanic during World War II and operated a first-aid truck for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service.
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) trains as an ATS mechanic in Southern England, April 1945
Princess Elizabeth, training as an ATS mechanic, gets visited by her mother in 1945.
She’s been known to be a proficient driver and is often seen behind the wheel of one of her cars around the Sandringham estate. The Queen is not exempted from motherly duties and drives her own family around in a Range Rover. In fact, she is said to be the only royal who knows how to change a tire and a spark plug, thanks to the training she received during the war, reports Independent.
Princess Elizabeth driving an ambulance during World War II
One of her more memorable moments in the driver’s seat was when she took the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia—who was the crown prince at that time—for a tour around Balmoral in her Land Rover in 1998. After lunch, when the Queen invited her guest for a drive, he voluntarily hopped into the passenger’s seat. He was surprised to find the Queen settle herself into the driver’s seat. At that time, Saudi Arabia strictly did not allow women to drive so it was truly an experience for the royal. In a book called Ever the Diplomat, then-ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles recounts how the crown prince “implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.”
It’s great to see that the Queen still actively appears in public, especially after the news that her husband Prince Philip is retiring from royal duties made headlines on May 4.