Photograph from the Royal Collection of Second Subaltern Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in overalls as part of her training in the A.T.S., takes the spark plugs out of a car.
“Princess Elizabeth joined the A.T.S. Auxiliary Territorial Service at her own insistence in 1945, aged 18, as a Subaltern. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver.”
Today 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth 2nd becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch (1952-2015), when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months – an amazing 23,226 days!
You can read more about this Two Queens story and how it inspires innovative classroom history and topic learning at one of our sister blogs (Newquay Zoo / RZSS Edinburgh Zoo) for Darwin 200 and the Victorians and history teaching using stamps:
Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens project / Darwin 200 stamp zoo project, Newquay Zoo