Monday, February 20, 2012

Twitter Ye Not - Princess Elizabeth & the ATS '45

Twitter Ye Not - Princess Elizabeth & the ATS '45

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 3rd March 1945, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) joined the women's Auxiliary Territorial Service as a driver and machanic. Here, we imagine the Twitter reaction to a most royal recruitment.

On the one side the young princess in her ATS uniform, with the land vehicle she drove behind her. Across from her is Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, now the Duke of Edinburgh. Despite being born at Mon Repos on the greek isle of Corfu and being part of that country's monarchy Phil the Greek is not ethnically Hellenic but an anglo-german like his wife to be.

Behind him on the ground is Prince Philip's mother, who was a Battenberg (later the less teutonic-sounding Mountbattens).

After these pretty botched portraits I've definitely put paid to my chances of a knighthood...

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