Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022: a monarch who loved cars

Even though she’s been chauffeured in hundreds of beautiful equipment, it’s no surprise to learn that Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had a fondness for driving herself.

Britain’s longest reigning monarch – who unfortunately handed away aged 96 – was a eager motorist, and properly trained as a mechanic and lorry driver to the stop of the 2nd World War, so eager was she to assist in the nationwide energy.

Inspite of her father King George VI expressing the-then Princess ought to not pitch in, she alternatively joined the Auxiliary Territorial Company aged just 18. An article released at the time said Elizabeth, “though she experienced hardly ever been allowed to ride in a London bus or taxi, passed her driving system in two times considerably less than the prescribed time”.

She learned automobile maintenance and how to support – and travel – army vehicles, for which the push labelled her the ‘Princess Car Mechanic’. She put in 5 months as a mechanic and truck driver.

Following the conclude of the war and her succession to the throne, the Queen loved a huge assortment of vehicles, notably people designed in Britain. Her eclectic collection incorporated models like the Rover P5 B, the Vauxhall Cresta estate and even a Jaguar X-Sort wagon, along with entries from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. She was gifted the extremely to start with Bentley Bentayga on the twin-turbo SUV’s start.

Her true enthusiasm on the other hand, lay with Land Rover. Her Majesty’s fondness for Defenders and Assortment Rovers is properly documented, not only currently being chauffeured in specifically ready royal variants when on tour in Britain and all over the entire world, but also for personal use around her estates.

Relaxation in peace, Ma’am.

How the auto environment reacted:

Jaguar Land Rover: “The passing of Her Majesty the Queen has remaining everyone at Jaguar Land Rover deeply saddened, and our ideas and condolences are with the Royal Spouse and children at this time.

“Our connection with The Queen has been a source of terrific satisfaction for all of us at Jaguar Land Rover.

“As the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Head of the Commonwealth, Patron of more than 600 charities as very well as a mom, grandmother and great grandmother, The Queen was a outstanding job model.

“Most recently, it was a fantastic honour for us to enjoy a job in Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, marking her historic and extraordinary reign.

“This was just one particular of numerous memories we are genuinely grateful for as section of our extended-standing and ongoing relationship with the Royal Household, and we shall deeply miss out on Her Majesty’s pioneering leadership and energy that presented this place with continuity, stability, and inspiration as a result of many years of great social improve.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Government Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles: “We unite with the people of Wonderful Britain, the Commonwealth and individuals of the environment to mourn the death of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. Committed to the nation and devoted to her family members, she represented the maximum ideals of assistance and humanity.

“For us at the Residence of Rolls-Royce, Her Majesty was the only British Monarch we have at any time recognized, and her passing is deeply felt by all of us. On behalf of the Board of Administrators and the globally Rolls-Royce group, I respectfully prolong our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Royal Spouse and children at this time.”

Bentley: “All at Bentley Motors are deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. A certainly remarkable girl who focused her life to the services of the folks of the United kingdom and the Commonwealth for above 70 a long time.

“We pause, reflect and present heartfelt gratitude for the historic reign of The Queen, an inspiration to all for generations to come. Our sincere sympathies increase to The Royal Spouse and children.”

Aston Martin: “Aston Martin is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

“The Queen has dedicated her life to community provider, and through her extensive reign was a passionate winner for British lifestyle, enterprise and innovation. We had been honoured when she frequented Aston Martin in 1966.

“Our views and condolences are with the Royal Household and the people today of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth at this complicated time.”

Bill Ford, Ford Motor Enterprise: “Like so several around the environment, I was deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been a steadfast and exemplary environment chief for in excess of 70 yrs and has demonstrated to all of us the true meaning of company and determination.

“Ford has experienced a long and deep relationship with the United Kingdom due to the fact my great grandfather set up the Ford business in the United kingdom in 1909. The Queen’s really like of cars was apparent early in her existence as element of her service to her country in Entire world War II where by her mechanical awareness of vehicles was clear for all to see.

“On behalf of my household, our CEO Jim Farley, and our prolonged Ford household close to the globe, we deliver our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty’s family members, the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and these about the environment who cherished, revered and admired her.”

Vauxhall Motors: “We are deeply saddened to listen to of the dying of Her Majesty The Queen. Her devotion to the people today of the United Kingdom through her 70-year reign was an inspiration to all.

“On behalf of the employees of Vauxhall Motors Ltd, and the broader Stellantis family members in the United kingdom, we give our sincerest, and heartfelt condolences to the household of Her Majesty at this time.”

Mike Hawes, Modern society of Motor Brands and Traders: “We are deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who dedicated her existence to the company of the nation and the Commonwealth. She was also a lifelong supporter of the United kingdom automotive marketplace, with a eager interest in and skilled knowledge of lots of of its merchandise. Our sector continues to be indebted to her and our thoughts and condolences are with the King and the Royal Relatives.”

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