Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another reason to love Her Majesty ...

Just picked up on social media something I had not previously known about the Queen.

She was an army driver during the war (that bit I did know) but despite being very fit and healthy for a ninety-year old, she does not usually drive very much now.

But when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was then Crown Prince but became King shortly afterwards came to Balmoral during an official visit to Britain in 1995, Her Majesty insisted on driving him personally ....

Since women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia (and more than 20 years later this is, sadly, still the case) I don't think there is much doubt that the Queen was making a point ...

(Source, the book,  "Ever the Diplomat", by Sherard Cowper-Coles, a British ambassador, and the relevant story is quoted on Quora about half way down  this thread)

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