Queen’s not slowing down! At 91 she’s back behind the wheel of her Jaguar at Windsor
The Queen has been spotted taking the wheel and chauffeuring her security guard to church just days after her husband the Duke of Edinburgh announced he was retiring from public duties.
Her Majesty showed one is not taking the slow lane following Prince Philip’s announcement, and was snapped driving her green jaguar back from Sunday’s church service.
The 91-year-old got behind the wheel to return home to Windsor Castle after service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park.
With a security guard by her side, the Queen was photographed wearing a blue suit and matching hat – just about visible over the steering wheel.
The monarch is always chauffeured for official royal engagements, but her love for driving and cars is well-known.
Comfortable behind the wheel, the nonagenarian first learnt to drive during the Second World War when serving as a mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service.
The great-grandmother has been frequently spotted driving her Range Rover around the lanes of her Sandringham estate.
And last year she played chauffeur to her granddaughter-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, driving her to a picnic with Prince William.
The monarch is the only person in the UK who is allowed to drive without a license.
As they are all issued in her name, it is deemed unnecessary to give herself one.
This also applies to travel documents and she is the only member of Royal family who does not carry a passport.
She is also the only person – bar park rangers – who is allowed to drive down the 2.6 mile Ling Walk in Windsor.
While being spotted sporting license plate, she legally does not have to have them.
And the decision to drive yesterday shows she has no intention of slowing down herself, following Prince Philip’s retirement from public life in Autumn.
It comes after her loyal spouse carried out some 22,000 solo engagements on her behalf, as well as delivering more than 5,000 speeches.
It is thought the Cambridge’s will step up to take on more Royal duties, but the transition comes as the Queen allegedly said younger members of the royal family should stop ‘soul-baring’.
The head of the household reportedly said she wants them to focus on ‘the nation’ instead of personal projects.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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