Saturday, June 06, 2009

Queen Elizabeth Not Invited to D-Day Ceremonies in France

Princess Elisabeth served as a driver and a mechanic during WWII. The future Queen Elizabeth was the first female member of the British Royal Family to serve in the military.
"We are are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well."---The 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth addresses British refugee children from Winsor Castle on "The Children's" hour in 1940.

For some reason, Queen Elizabeth was not invited to France to observe the anniversary of D-Day, which began on June 6, 1944, even though she is "the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II."

In 1940, as a 14-year-old girl, Princess Elizabeth spoke on the BBC radio program called The Children's Hour and gave encouragement to all the British children who had been evacuated from the cities to the countryside and even to different countries of the British Empire. The Princess also remembered to thank all the counties who sheltered these young war refugees.

During WWII, the teenaged Princess served as an Army driver and a mechanic. "She joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, as No. 230873 Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor. Princess Elizabeth trained as a driver and mechanic, drove a military truck, and rose to the rank of Junior Commander."

The future Queen Elizabeth was the first female member British Royal Family to join the military. What a shame that Queen Elizabeth was not invited to France for the 65th Anniversay of D-Day and thanked for her service.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can just imagine if i was around in war times, i could have taken my broken down car on an AA truck or whatever they had them days and the baked bean would have looked under the bonnet, had a fiddle round and said in her squeaky queny voice, "my husband and I, would like to say, your starter motors nackered MATE !! ! !

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