Most badass thing about Queen Elizabeth II

  • She’s a qualified mechanic, having trained as one in the war, and in her younger years, fixed the cars she drove – especially her favourite, a Rover P5. She’s got an exquisite very dry sense of humour *. And she is wise, proportionate, direct and forceful.**
  • When giving an award for bravery to a police officer, the more senior police officer presenting her to the queen’s phone rang in his pocket. The Queen said, ‘You should get that – it might be someone important.’ When opening a new building for the London School of Economics at the height of the 2008 financial crash, she casually asked, ‘So, how come none of you saw this coming?
  • The queen’s politics are closely guarded, but she manages the evolving constitution well. In spring 1974, there was no clear winner of the election, and she allowed a second to be called in autumn. But in 2010, she formally requested a briefing from the Cabinet Office on how to ensure a swift and secure government in the event of a hung parliament, while preserving the political independence of the Crown, subtly making it clear that the world had changed: what the people elected, the people would have to live with for five years. Direct and forceful, but understated and efficient.
  • Queen apparently expressed her joy at finally giving same-sex marriage her official approval. Allegedly, after signing she exclaimed “well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?”
  • Much to her parents dismay, at the age of 18, the then Princess Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. The young Princess was known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, and she served as a mechanic and ambulance driver. Yes, the Queen was a mechanic. This makes her the only female member of the royal family to have served in the Armed Forces.
  • In the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, a clip began to roll showing James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, visiting the Queen at her home Buckingham Palace. The Queen was seen from behind, leading those watching—including grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry—to believe that it was an actor portraying the Queen. The crowds cheered when the figure turned, revealing itself to be the real Queen Elizabeth.
  • However this is her most badass story: In 1981, as Queen Elizabeth rode her horse through streets full of supporters, six shots suddenly rang out, seemingly aimed at the Queen. Her horse understandably panicked, and began to take off, but she quickly calmed him and, apparently unfazed, continued on her slow journey through the streets. The shots turned out to be blanks, but this wasn’t known in the moment. As police, guards and bystanders screamed in panic, the Queen seemed to remain completely calm. She patted her horse and kept on riding.
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