We send our very best wishes to HM The Queen on her 96th birthday.
In 1945, the then HRH Princess Elizabeth trained with the FANY/ATS as a driver and in motor mechanics. During the first three weeks of training, Princess Elizabeth received driving lessons in Windsor Great Park and went through the complete training of an ATS driver. Princess Elizabeth became the twelfth member of a senior NCOs class and took maintenance, map-reading and ATS Administration. In the words of the FANY Commanding Officer at the time, Commandant Maud MacLellan:
“The King and Queen and the Princess herself insisted there should be no privileges for her. She was to be treated as a junior officer. As such, she called me Ma’am and was ever ready to open a door for me and do other little services. She was there as a junior officer – no more, no less.”
We are honoured that she rolled up her sleeves as one of us.