Her Majesty The Queen at 90: the cars of Queen Elizabeth II

Royal wheels

WHEN IT comes to cars, while The Queen is most often pictured chauffeur-driven to Royal engagements, Her Majesty also likes to get behind the wheel. The Monarch, who turns 90 on Thursday, continues to drive herself when out of the public eye.

Her fondness for the motor car is thought to have been firmly rooted during the Second World War, when the Queen was a driver and mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service.

The Queen's cars: Princess Elizabeth training in the Auxiliary Territorial Service

To this day, it is believed that the Queen does not hold a driving licence. In a peculiar quirk, she is said to be the only driver in the country who is not required to have one.

More often than not, driving takes place when Her Majesty is at the Royal family’s Windsor residence, or at Balmoral, a 50,000 acre estate near Ballater, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The most recent addition to cars kept in the Queen’s garage is said to be a new Bentley Bentayga, the £160,000 luxury 4×4 that was launched last year.

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During Her Majesty’s reign of nearly 64 years, cars have come in all shapes and sizes, and not all have been as grand as one may imagine. But the common theme is they’ve all been built in Britain.

Click through the gallery above to view the Queen cars.


From The Sunday Times (click to visit thesundaytimes.co.uk):

All the Queen’s ladies The Queen turns 90 on Thursday — as do these remarkable women. They, like HM, represent a generation whose indomitable spirit saw them through Britain’s darkest hour. India Knight salutes them, and they tell their stories