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Driving Prince Abdullah

In 1998, then Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was visiting Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral, her Scottish Estate. She offered the Prince a tour of the grounds, and he accepted. The Land Rover pulled up, and as instructed, the Prince got in the passenger seat, and his interpreter in the back. The Queen got into the driver's seat, and drove off.

Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, so the prince was a little uncomfortable. The. The Queen started to excellerate around the narrow roads of the Estate, talking the whole time. Through his interpreter, the prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road. She kept doing her thing.

I guess the Prince didn't realize that by that point, the Queen had been driving for over 50 years. During the Second World War, then Princess Elizabeth had been a driver for the army. Not only had she driven a jeep, she had also been responsible for maintaining the Jeep. I find myself wishing the Land Rover had had a minor breakdown for the Queen to fix in front of him that day.


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