Her Majesty the Queen has always been full of surprises, but since the Duke and Duchess announced they were stepping away from their roles as senior royals, it seems England has a lot of surprises in store for viewers there and abroad.
One of the more fun surprises was last Friday, when the Queen was witnessed driving herself in a Range Rover.
The Queen formerly announced in April 2019 she would not be driving on public roads anymore, though she might occasionally be seen driving around their private estate. With all the changes coming to the royal family, however, it seems the Queen changed her mind on the matter, as she was witnessed driving herself in a Range Rover this past Friday.
In a short, eighteen-second video, the Range Rover approached an intersection, where a camera was ready to film the action. The reporter zoomed in on the Queen in the driver's seat.
At the end of the video, she turned left, and the Range Rover went out of sight.
This was her first appearance in public since the Duke and Duchess announced they were stepping down from their senior royal status, and she seemed to handle it quite well.
She was wearing layers of winter clothing, complete with a scarf layered around her neck and head. And she did at least remember to use her turning signal when she turned left at the next intersection.
You can watch the video here:
The Queen was spotted for the first time since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they were stepping down as s… https://t.co/VhUZfu11oC— Sky News (@Sky News)1578684091.0
Onlookers everywhere were surprised at the appearance of the Queen.
Some questioned her ability at the age of 93 to still be driving.
@SkyNews How can a 93 year old drive?— Add your name (@Add your name)1578684236.0
@SkyNews The Queen is ace !!! Driving around at 93 in a Range Rover! Legend!— Noel Ⓜ️ (@Noel Ⓜ️)1578684606.0
@SkyNews I’m impressed that she’s 93 and pushing a Range Rover so effortlessly without even glasses.— Carmen Sandiego 💃🏽 (@Carmen Sandiego 💃🏽)1578699305.0
Can’t get over HM the Queen driving a Range Rover today https://t.co/WokN65kcY9— Carey O'Donnell (@Carey O'Donnell)1578698213.0
Some validated her, saying she remembered to use her turning signals.
While others joked that she could give herself permission to drive at any time.
@SkyNews Can’t believe the Queen indicates— Football Fan (@Football Fan)1578684168.0
I just want to point out to BMW drivers that even the Queen indicates https://t.co/n7cbOGhzaG— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@Gugulethu Mhlungu)1578685224.0
@Ludo4PF She is technically the supreme authority on driving in the UK, the licenses are given in her name. She is… https://t.co/LqrFtCC5rx— Pavlo Petrenko (@Pavlo Petrenko)1578693469.0
@Paul_Petrenko @Ludo4PF Picture you being the driving instructor who has to tell the queen she failed her roadtest— 🇯🇲World_Boss🇯🇲 (@🇯🇲World_Boss🇯🇲)1578699093.0
Most, however, were the most pleased at the side-eye the Queen is capable of.
She delivered it to the snoopy camera out her window when she came to a stop at the intersection stoplight.
@SkyNews The mean eye she gave the press though— becca (@becca)1578721978.0
@SkyNews Same vibes https://t.co/3f77uuGS4i— 🧸𝒞𝓎𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒶🍒 (@🧸𝒞𝓎𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒶🍒)1578712530.0
@SkyNews The Queen looked at the press and was like.. https://t.co/r9DIvZNQQe— The media is ignoring Puerto Rico (@The media is ignoring Puerto Rico)1578711081.0
@SkyNews Queen rode by like https://t.co/jvjb4rrmtq— BRAD RADCOCK 🎨🖌️ (@BRAD RADCOCK 🎨🖌️)1578711608.0
No matter what direction the royal family takes, people must not forget Her Majesty knows her way around a vehicle.
And she proved it during her military service in WWII.
To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a Veteran if WWII. God save the Queen! https://t.co/Wk5N6ojtZF— British Veteran (@British Veteran)1570485194.0
@CarpeNo90848897 @troublingtome @stonecold2050 The Queen when she was a Princess serving during WWII as a mechanic. https://t.co/YtkUmrQ1qR— John Johnson (@John Johnson)1542035290.0
Queen, current title holder for longest reigning monarch in the world and WWII veteran.
We think she can probably do whatever she wants.