Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Cars

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By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Queen Elizabeth II driving her Range Rover car at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on July 2, 2021
Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

As the world continues to mourn the first class monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, let’s celebrate her life in cars.

The late Queen is known for her exquisite taste in cars. She kept up with the evolution of cars all her life, spanning almost a hundred years, making her Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Queen Elizabeth ll drives her 4WD Land Rover at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 16, 1992
Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Elizabeth II, a trained auto mechanic, was a staunch motorist who loved being driven in classic cars and, in return, gave visiting dignitaries a ride in her exotic fleet.

Despite the fact that she never actually received her driver’s license (one of the perks of having the licenses themselves issued in your name), that doesnt stop the queen from cruising these rides.

Queen Elizabeth II driving her Range Rover car at the International Carriage Driving Grand Prix event on May 17, 2014
Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In addition, during her lifetime, the queen finds great pleasure in attending automobile exhibitions.

Let’s have a glimpse of her life in cars.

1. Bentley State Limousine

Photo: autocar.co.uk

This is a prominent ride of the Queen’s official motorcade, which consists of three Rolls-Royces and three Bentleys.

When in use, it had the Queen’s coat of arms and St. George slaying the dragon mascot on the roof.

When it was in use by the Queen, it had her coat of arms and her own mascot, St. George slaying the dragon, on the roof.

2. Daimler Saloon Car

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Queen is seen here arriving at the Royal Ascot horse races in 1957 with her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, in her Daimler.

3. Rolls Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette

Photo: Richard Gardner/Shutterstock

A Rolls-Royce is a must-have in any Royal garage. Rolls-Royce produced fewer than 20 Phantom IV models, with only the most affluent clients receiving them. The Queen, of course, had two of them. She has since owned a Phantom V and a Phantom VI, though the Phantom VI remains a royal favorite due to its role in transporting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their wedding.

4. Land Rover Series 1

Photo: autocar.co.uk

The Queen has a soft spot for Land Rovers automobiles too. She is seen here during her tour visit to Malta in 1954. Infact, Land Rovers became an enduring symbol of old money largely due to the Queen’s and later the Royal family’s love for them.

5. Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB

Photo: autocar.co.uk

During her visit to Nigeria, the Queen was seen here having a ride in a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB belonging to Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi I 

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) driving an ambulance during her wartime service in the A.T.S. (Auxiliary Territorial Service), 10th April 1945. 

5. Ambulance

Photo: Bryn Colton/Getty Images

At the age of 18, the then Princess Elizabeth joined the A.T.S. (Auxiliary Territorial Service), the women’s branch of the British Army. She learnt how to service and maintain jeeps, trucks, and ambulances.

She is seen here driving an ambulance on April 10th, 1945.


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