02 June 2022

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, I give you: Her Majesty on a motorcycle!


Before becoming Queen Elizabeth II, the eldest daughter of King George VI is also known for an (albeit brief) flurry with motorbikes.

In the latter days of WW2, the then 19-year-old princess did ‘her bit’ by joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in February 1945. There, although sleeping at home and not in the barracks with her fellow recruits, she trained as a driver and mechanic, reached the rank of Junior Commander and part of the course involved her learning to ride a military motorbike, as pictured, which we believe is either a BSA or Royal Enfield 250. 

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.


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