Queen used as Westminster ‘poster girl’ to win over public support ‘She’s a class act’

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Royal commentator Tessa Dunlop has called the Queen a “class act” and said she became almost a “poster girl” for Westminster to gain public support during the Second World War. Her Majesty followed in the footsteps of many royals before her when she joined the war effort as a mechanic despite her young age. She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) when she turned 18 after riding out the early years of the conflict in Windsor with her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

Speaking on True Royalty’s The Royal Beat, commentator Tessa Dunlop talked about the Queen’s history: “She is stuck at Windsor. She’s pretty bored in the war.

“And finally, the royal family relent and the main reasons is the Government thinks this is a good idea. This is a good PR coup.”

Host Kate Thornton interjected: “She became a poster girl.”

Ms Dunlop continued: “Indeed, like Mary Churchill, Churchill’s youngest daughter before her.

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“And one of the reasons I think she joined ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service), well, she’s got an aunt who’s the Controller Commandant, Mary.

“She was pretty terrifying. I tell you what.

“I think of all the royals I think I’d have been most scared of Mary.

The host asked: “Really?”


Ms Dunlop said: “Yes, she took it very seriously.”

The host said: “But Elizabeth obviously worked well with her?”

Ms Dunlop continued: “You can see here she’s meeting some of the very few West Indian recruits who are allowed finally the War Office caved in after pressure from the colonial office.”


Ms Thornton said: “ Listen, I mean, Elizabeth could have signed up and been just the face of a movement but she refused for that to be the case.

“She wanted to get our hands dirty, quite literally.

“And to this day, we know that the skills she picked up as a mechanic she still applies with her own vehicles.”

Ms Dunlop said: “She is a class act.”
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