October 7, 2022

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Royal Revs: The Late Queen Elizabeth II Rode a Motorbike

On September the 8th, the United kingdom and other connected nations around the world were notified of the passing of their reigning monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. 

Celebrated as ‘the longest-reigning monarch in British history’ (by using WJS), the queen’s reach was much in fact, spanning from the United Kingdom, all the way west to Canada, in Australia much to the east, to New Zealand under, in South Africa, and also in Pakistan and Ceylon (by means of Wikipedia). 

It’s not often that we protect figures of this kind of affect right here at wBW, but – as you know by now –  we are somewhat bonkers about bikes…which is why we convey you a celebration of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s life by covering the royal’s time on bikes of her own. 

Hold out, Queen Elizabeth II? 

On a motorcycle? 

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

Oh indeed – and if you feel about it, running a country (or various) can take a bit far more juice in the ‘nerves of steel’ division besides, what superior way to provide your country than by diversifying the ol’ pony-ability portfolio?

“Back when Queen Elizabeth was Princess Elizabeth she joined a Armed forces Coaching Plan for the duration of the Next Earth War, like several younger gals of the time, and it was there exactly where she learnt to trip a motorcycle,” describes an short article from BikeSales

“Pictured below using a 250cc BSA C10 equipment [some say a Royal Enfield Model WD/D 250cc SV], she’s navigating her way through a exercise slalom course and even seeking where she wishes 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) bike. Media sourced from Bike Revenue.

Princess Elizabeth’s time in the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Provider as ‘Inductee No. 230873’ rendered her ‘tearing apart and rebuilding engines, swapping tires, and working together with her fellow ATF trainees.’ (by means of MonteCristo Journal).

Coming home to Buckingham Palace ‘in grease-spattered coveralls with filth below her fingernails’ was just the starting of the good lady’s inspiration to the public in servicing her country, Elizabeth was also bolstering troops to rally to the bring about, with her proper to autonomy currently being ‘further inspiration for much more unbiased roles for women of all ages in culture.’

This (and the daring exploits of other feminine riders like herself) gave rise to ‘a new era of gals fascinated in riding’ – myself getting 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 women’s Auxiliary Territorial Services as ‘Inductee No. 230873.’ Media sourced from Motoress.

Oh, and by the way.

It is not just the (late) Head of the Commonwealth that experienced the bike bug her spouse, the Prince Consort Phillip, was purportedly ‘a mad eager lover of motorcycles,’ with grandsons Harry (today’s Duke of Sussex) and William (the present Prince of Wales) also getting a shine to the two-wheeled sector.

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

The royal household has been recognised to scoot about on just about anything from a Triumph 675 (Harry’s decision), to a Ducati 1198s (Will’s lengthy-standing preferred), to the extra current Workforce Red Panigales Harry and William even went so significantly as to get via a tour of South Africa on Honda CRF230L dirtbikes, trekking 16,000km by way of the country to increase £500,000 for children’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 experience by means of South Africa. Media sourced from WELT.

In brief, bikes have always been a staple in the garage at Buckingham Palace suitable – and we can thank the impact of our late queen for today’s proportion of pretties gunning to swing a leg more than in the identify of liberty and independence. 

Drop a comment below, hope you get to take pleasure in the temperature in commemoration of the late Queen Elizabeth the Second, and as at any time – stay safe and sound on the twisties. 

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