The Royal Family in Wartime

EARLIER this year author Kate Clements selected a stunning gallery of images from the Imperial War Museum Collection to create a remarkable little book.

The introduction informs us succinctly how the royal family played a serious role in both world wars by supporting charities, visiting battlefields, working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, organising morale boosting events and serving in the military themselves.

The young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret grew up during World War Two and the future Queen made radio broadcasts encouraging children evacuated from bomb-hit cities to ‘be strong’ in difficult times and to join in their own sisterly endeavours to grow fruit and vegetables from an allotment and join the ‘Dig for Britain’ campaign.

Within a couple of years, Princess Elizabeth would have launched her first warship, HMS Vanguard, and have become Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. Keen to do more, HRH famously joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945 as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, training as a mechanic and driver in Surrey.

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