Royal Revs: The Late Queen Elizabeth II Rode a Bike

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On September the eighth, the UK and different related international locations have been notified of the passing of their reigning monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II of the UK. 

Celebrated as ‘the longest-reigning monarch in British historical past’ (by way of WJS), the queen’s attain was far certainly, spanning from the UK, all the best way west to Canada, in Australia far to the east, to New Zealand beneath, in South Africa, and in addition in Pakistan and Ceylon (by way of Wikipedia). 

It’s not usually that we cowl figures of such affect right here at wBW, however – as you understand by now –  we’re barely bonkers about bikes…which is why we deliver you a celebration of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s life by overlaying the royal’s time on bikes of her personal. 

Wait, Queen Elizabeth II? 

On a motorbike? 

HM the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kindgom, standing as a member of the ladies’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as ‘Inductee No. 230873.’ Media sourced from Motoress.

Oh sure – and if you concentrate on it, operating a rustic (or a number of) takes a bit extra juice within the ‘nerves of metal’ division; besides, what higher strategy to serve your nation than by diversifying the ol’ pony-power portfolio?

“Again when Queen Elizabeth was Princess Elizabeth she joined a Navy Coaching Scheme through the Second World Battle, like many younger ladies of the time, and it was there the place she learnt to trip a motorbike,” explains an article from BikeSales

“Pictured right here using a 250cc BSA C10 machine [some say a Royal Enfield Model WD/D 250cc SV], she’s navigating her approach by means of a apply slalom course and even wanting the place she needs to go!”

HM Princess Elizabeth on a BSA (some say Royal Enfield) motorcycle. Media sourced from Bike Sales.
HM Princess Elizabeth on a BSA (some say Royal Enfield) motorbike. Media sourced from Bike Gross sales.

Princess Elizabeth’s time within the ladies’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as ‘Inductee No. 230873’ rendered her ‘tearing aside and rebuilding engines, swapping tires, and dealing alongside her fellow ATF trainees.’ (by way of MonteCristo Journal).

Coming house to Buckingham Palace ‘in grease-spattered coveralls with filth beneath her fingernails’ was just the start of the great girl’s inspiration to the general public. In servicing her nation, Elizabeth was additionally bolstering troops to rally to the trigger, together with her proper to autonomy being ‘additional inspiration for extra unbiased roles for ladies in society.’

This (and the daring exploits of different feminine riders like herself) gave rise to ‘a brand new technology of ladies all in favour of using’ – myself being certainly one of them.

HM the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kindgom, standing as a member of the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as ‘Inductee No. 230873.’ Media sourced from Motoress.
HM the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kindgom, standing as a member of the ladies’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as ‘Inductee No. 230873.’ Media sourced from Motoress.

Oh, and by the best way.

It’s not simply the (late) Head of the Commonwealth that had the bike bug; apparently, her husband, King Phillip, was ‘a mad eager lover of bikes,’ along with his ardour probably inspiring grandsons Harry (right this moment’s Duke of Sussex) and William (the present Prince of Wales).

A BSA logo, in commemoration of the machines that the Princess rode. Media sourced from the Monte Cristo Magazine.
A BSA brand, in commemoration of the machines that the Princess rode. Media sourced from the Monte Cristo Journal.

The royal household has been recognized to scoot about on something from a Triumph 675 (Harry’s selection), to a Ducati 1198s (Will’s long-standing favourite), to the extra present Group Crimson Panigales; Harry and William even went as far as to get by means of a tour of South Africa on Honda CRF230L dirtbikes, trekking 16,000km by means of the nation to lift £500,000 for kids’s charities again in 2008!

Prince Harry (the Duke of Suzzex) and Prince Wiliam (no the Prince of Wales), on their charity ride through South Africa. Media sourced from WELT.
Prince Harry (the Duke of Suzzex) and Prince Wiliam (no the Prince of Wales), on their charity trip by means of South Africa. Media sourced from WELT.

In brief, bikes have all the time been a staple within the storage at Buckingham Palace correct – and we will thank the affect of our late queen for right this moment’s share of pretties gunning to swing a leg over within the identify of freedom and independence. 

Drop a remark beneath, hope you get to benefit from the climate in commemoration of the late Queen Elizabeth the Second, and as ever – keep protected on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Monte Cristo Journal, Bike Gross sales, BBC, World Newswire and Motoress*

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