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To: naturalman1975
Go back another generation - Her Majesty the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the last year of the Second World War.

IIRC, Princess Elizabeth drove a jeep around during the Blitz, which was a somewhat shocking thing for a Royal to do (though, at the time, she was not thought to be in the short line for the throne).

84 posted on 01/31/2006 11:14:14 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: ReignOfError
IIRC, Princess Elizabeth drove a jeep around during the Blitz, which was a somewhat shocking thing for a Royal to do (though, at the time, she was not thought to be in the short line for the throne).

She did.

And she was Heir Presumptive at the time, and given that the only way she could have been displaced would have been for her mother, already in her forties, to give birth to a son, it was fairly certain and accepted that she was to be the next Monarch.

But at the same time, the succession was secure - Princess Margaret was available (and still young enough that she couldn't get away with doing what she liked at all), with the Duke of Gloucester (who would have made a fine King if needed) next in line after her.

The fact is living in London in the Blitz was dangerous anyway - Buckingham Palace was bombed. The sensible thing to do would have been to send Elizabeth and Margaret to Canada. Having made the decision to stay, allowing Elizabeth to take some risks isn't that surprising.

89 posted on 01/31/2006 11:41:06 PM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: ReignOfError
IIRC, Princess Elizabeth drove a jeep around during the Blitz, which was a somewhat shocking thing for a Royal to do (though, at the time, she was not thought to be in the short line for the throne).

She was the Heir Presumptive, in a very short line - she would be the next monarch unless her mother (then in her mid 40s) had a son.

93 posted on 02/01/2006 5:09:48 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. Pascal)
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