Queen Elizabeth II
When Great Britain entered the Second World War in September 1939 it was suggested that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret should be evacuated to Canada to escape the bombing of London by the German Luftwaffe. This was roundly rejected by her mother Queen Elizabeth who declared, “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.”
Princess Elizabeth would do her bit for the war effort as we can see from this 1944 photograph. She joined the ATS as an honorary Second Subaltern, achieving the rank of honorary Junior Commander within five months. Here she can be seen maintaining an Austin K2 ambulance and a “Tilly” light truck.