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8 Times Queen Elizabeth Proved She's a Natural Behind the Wheel

Her Majesty has long been known to enjoy driving her cars.
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1. The Middletons had quite the chauffeur on their drive around Balmoral in September 2016: Queen Elizabeth herself!

Hello! magazine reported that Queen Elizabeth II played host to the Duchess of Cambridge, her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and of course, Prince William, at her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland. The Queen played chauffeur to Carole as they returned from a grouse shoot, and earlier in the day, she was spotted taking Kate to a picnic with William, according to People.


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2. Her Majesty has long been a fan of her Range Rover. Below, she's shown driving it at Sandringham in a 1992 BBC documentary.

3. Two years ago, she was spotted driving the Range Rover to a horse show in Windsor.

4. Here's the royal driving her Jaguar after watching a polo match in 2010.

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5. Would you mess with her behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive Land Rover? Here she is looking intimidating in 1992.

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6. In the 1970s, she was the picture of chic driving a Vauxhall Estate Car in Windsor Great Park.

7. Early this year, the Queen was spotted driving herself home in a green Jaguar right after attending a church service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park.

8. Way back in 1957, she drove her kids, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, around at Windsor.

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Fun fact: The Queen is the only person in the United Kingdom who can drive without a license. That's because all licenses are issued in the Queen's name, so she doesn't need to give one to herself; the same goes for registration plates on her cars and even passports.

But she knows her stuff, having driven a military truck during World War II. And she once took Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on a drive in Balmoral, despite the fact that women aren't allowed to drive in his home country. Now that's behavior fit for a queen.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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