History & Human Geography

Elizabeth II: A Life Of Duty

Jimie 2022. 9. 20. 16:44

Rare Footage Documents Queen Elizabeth's Coming of Age During Second World War


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Rare archive footage tells the story of a young Princess Elizabeth's 'coming of age' during the Second World War. As the Commonwealth endures the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen has made comparisons between the current crisis and the hardship of the war years.

Elizabeth was just 13 when war broke out in 1939, but went on to become the first female member of the royal family to serve in the armed forces in 1945.

Fascinating video clips chart her growing role in the war effort, from her first radio broadcast addressing child evacuees in 1940, to her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the VE Day celebrations in 1945.

Not everyone knows the full extent of Elizabeth's role in the final year of the war. The heir presumptive was granted a commission as an honorary second subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) on 24 February 1945. During her service, the princess learned how to repair vehicle engines as a mechanic in her unit.

The monarch’s position as a driver and mechanic during the war is being explored in a documentary airing at 9pm on Wednesday 22 April on ITV, titled Our Queen at War.

18-year-old Queen Elizabeth served as an auto mechanic


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In April 1944, young Queen Elizabeth – then Princess Elizabeth – turned 18. Her teenage years had been against the backdrop of the Second World War. Elizabeth was determined to ‘do her bit’ for the war effort, as so many of her peers were. Within a year of turning 18, Elizabeth would sign up for the Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was an unprecedented decision – this would make her the first woman in the Royal Family to become a full-time member of the armed services.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Surprising Military Role During WW2 | Elizabeth: Our Queen | Channel 5


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When World War II began in 1939, Queen Elizabeth became the first female member of the British royal family to become a member of the British Armed Forces. Elizabeth worked with the ATS as an ambulance driver up until April 1945. Watch Elizabeth: Our Queen and see how Queen Elizabeth's military influence during her early years influenced her leadership qualities once she became anointed Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
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A look back at the extraordinary life of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.