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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) when Princess Elizabeth trains as an A.T.S Officer at a Training Centre in Camberley, Surrey


Creator: War Office (photographic agency)
Creation Date: 
Apr 1945
Gelatin silver print
20.8 x 25.9 cm
Acquirer: HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Acquired by the Royal Collection from the Central Office of Information

Photograph of Second Subaltern Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in overalls as part of her training in the A.T.S., takes the spark plugs out of a car. A large garage with doors is visible in the background.

Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service at her own insistence in 1945, aged 18, as a Subaltern. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver.

This image was published in 'Queen Elizabeth II A Birthday Souvenir Album' in 2006.

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