The Queen’s hidden talents: You won’t BELIEVE some of the things she can do

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The Queen’s hidden talents: You won’t BELIEVE some of the things she can do

Queen Elizabeth II is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror and the longest reigning in British history. And she has some impressive skills not many people know about.

Queen Elizabeth, now 92, has lived a long and fascinating life.

During her reign, she has travelled more extensively than any other monarch, undertaking 261 official overseas visits, including 96 state visits, to 116 different countries.

She has seen 13 prime ministers come and go, from Winston Churchill to Theresa May.

And in her personal life, she’s a mother to four, a grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to six.

But there’s one significant chapter of the Queen’s life that has long been buried in the history books.

This formative time in the Queen’s life came when she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War.

The Queen’s hidden talents The Queen trained as a driver and mechanic (Image Getty)
The Queen’s hidden talents The Queen trained as a driver and mechanic (Image Getty)

After Britain entered the Second World War in 1939, many of London’s children were evacuated to avoid the frequent aerial bombing.

One senior politician urged the King to take Elizabeth, then 13 and her sister Margaret, 9, to Canada.

The Queen’s hidden talents She is the only monarch who is able to change a spark plug and a tyre (Image Getty)
The Queen’s hidden talents She is the only monarch who is able to change a spark plug and a tyre (Image Getty)

But Elizabeth’s mother wouldn’t allow it, saying: “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.”

The Queen’s hidden talents The letter written by the 19-year old (Image icollector)
The Queen’s hidden talents The letter written by the 19-year old (Image icollector)
The Queen’s hidden talents The letter signed Lillibet, her nickname used by friends and family (Image icollector)
The Queen’s hidden talents The letter signed Lillibet, her nickname used by friends and family (Image icollector)

So the two Princesses were moved to Balmoral Castle, Scotland, and Sandringham House, Norfolk, where they waited out the war.

But as soon as she was old enough, Elizabeth headed out to make her contribution and was appointed as an honorary second subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service with the service number of 230873.

In 1945, before the war ended, she trained as a driver and mechanic and was given the rank of honorary junior commander, alongside Winston Churchill’s daughter.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK