The UK’s Mirror published a series of photographs depicting a senior driver in a ,Jaguar X-Type Estate wheeling off in the grass to get around a young couple walking a baby in a stroller. That driver turns out to be Queen Elizabeth II, the only Briton allowed to drive without a license.
The incident took place on the Long Walk at Windsor Great Park. Aside from the park’s rangers, Queen Elizabeth II is the only person allowed to drive on the Long Walk.
According to the Mirror, “Scarlett Vincent and Toby Core were strolling through Windsor Great Park with their son Teddy when the monarch drove her Jaguar X-Type estate onto the grass verge to get around them.
The shocked couple pointed at the regal driver, only for her to wave and smile as she drove past.
Miss Vincent, 23, a housewife, said that she and Mr Core, 30, a company director, were left in fits of laughter when they realised they had been overtaken by the Queen.”
The Queen of England has a long motoring history. For most of her official engagements, she’s driven in the official State Limousine, a 2002 Bentley presented to her at her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The engine is a modified Bentley Arnage V-8, twin turbocharged to produce 400hp. Like “The Beast,” the President of the United States’ limousine, the Bentley State Limousine is longer, taller and heavily modified from stock, with armor in the doors and windows, and an oxygen system in case of a gas attack.
The Queen is also fond of a Land Rover Defender in her fleet, which she uses to drive around Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.
The Queen counts approximately 30 Land Rovers since her first — a 1953 Series 1 — including State Review cars, parade cars, and a 2002 Range Rover Sport she traded for a Range Rover Landaulet in 2015.
During World War II, then 18-year-old Princess Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, the only female member of the royal family to have entered the armed forces. She trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver.