The world changed on September 8, 2022 as Queen Eliabeth II passed away peacefully that morning. British television broadcasters began a dreaded, but well-rehearsed script of plans made months in advance for the moment.
The bright red bars on BBC changed to black and commentators changed into formal black suits and dresses held on stand by. And now, BackTheTruckUp pays its own respects to the British monarch, by paying homage to the trucking side of the Queen.
Although a short period, she was a qualified military truck driver and mechanic
During World War II, Princess Elizabeth went against the wishes of her father, King George VI, and joined the British Army’s Auxiliary Territorial Services. She began training at Camberley’s Royal Military College, taking mechanics theory, the servicing and maintenance of heavy military equipment.
No. 230873, Elizabeth Windsor enlisted in February 1945 and, by the time she completed her training, the war had ended. She never got the chance to go out to the front lines, even on a morale-raising mission.
There are multiple pictures of Princess Elizabeth working on trucks and jeeps, changing tires and doing mechanical work. She had a passion for driving, even driving herself around town until recent years.
All of us at BackTheTruckUp and FreightWaves, if I may speak for all of us, pay respects to the fallen monarch and most famous trucker of England, Queen Elizabeth II of the House of Windsor. Rest in peace and may God save the Queen!