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This is why the Queen doesn't have a driver's license

The Queen doesn't need a driver's license

23. Januar 2019 - 15:45 Uhr / Administrator User

There are several perks to being the Queen, being able to own as many corgis as you want, a wardrobe full of snazzy coloured suits with natty matching hats, an army of staff, the list goes on...but one of the lesser known perks is that as the reigning monarch of Great Britain one (and in this case one does mean the royal one) doesn't have to pass a driving test.

The royals and their driving habits have been put under a media microscope over the last few days thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh's car accident last Friday. After the initial concern for Prince Philip, he once again made headlines when he was photographed out driving just two days after the accident not wearing a seatbelt

Queen Elizabeth II behind the wheel of her Range Rover at Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II behind the wheel of her Range Rover at Windsor Horse Show 

The Queen was seen driving her Range Rover just one day after Prince Philip's accident and is clearly comfortable behind the wheel of a car. What many people don't know however, is that her ease behind a steering wheel probably has something to do with Queen Elizabeth's stint in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War. Her Majesty trained as a driver and mechanic, learning to rebuild engines and drive ambulances and trucks and, thanks to her hard work, she was promoted to honorary junior commander in 1945. 

Royal Protocol for The Queen to be Chauffeured

According to royal protocol, the Queen has to be chauffeured to most royal engagements, but likes to take to the wheel whenever she can, which she can do in spite of not owning a driver's license. In the United Kingdom driver's licenses are issued in the Queen's name and so it would make little sense for her to issue one to herself. As well as not ever having had to pass a driving test she is also allowed to drive without a number plate.