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A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) when Princess Elizabeth trains as an A.T.S Officer at a Training Centre in Camberley, Surrey Apr 1945

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The Auxiliary Territorial Service (the ATS) was formed by order of King George VI in September 1938. At her own insistence, the King’s elder daughter Princess Elizabeth (HM The Queen) joined the ATS in March 1945, aged 18, as a Subaltern. By the end of the war later the same year she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS, and passed out as a fully qualified driver.