Driven to Duty

World to muck in and ‘do their bit’ with services such as the Auxiliary Territorial Service

One of the more famous ATS photographs: the young Princess Elizabeth clearly relishing the prospect of getting to drive an Austin K2/Y ambulance

It is a famous wartime photo – the future Queen in her teenage Princess Elizabeth days, smiling broadly and immaculately uniformed as she poses by the side of an Austin K2/Y ambulance. Elizabeth was the first female member of the Royal family to serve in the military, training as a mechanic and driver in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

The 18-year-old was assigned the service number 230873, with the rank of honorary second subaltern – most officer ranks in the ATS were different to their male army counterparts, with this being the equivalent of second lieutenant.

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