Queen Elizabeth trained as a mechanic
The most famous royal in the world, Queen Elizabeth II, is quite busy for a nonagenarian. “Cabbage,” as she is affectionately called by her husband, attends numerous engagements entertaining heads of state, having palace parties, taking diplomatic trips, and more, Business Insider reports. Queen Elizabeth attended 283 engagements in 2018. And this 93-year-old keeps on going. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk in 2016: “She [the Queen] and the Duke of Edinburgh are unique in over 1,000 years of monarchy and their dedication to duty, and their commitment continues as it has in previous years. So does their robust health, which permits them to undertake so many duties.” There’s no time for knitting in a rocking chair for this great-grandmother who has taken her duty as queen seriously for 65 years, this past June marking her Sapphire Jubilee. But even before she was crowned, Elizabeth pulled her weight for her country. During World War II, the then-18-year-old princess joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and, according to History.com, clipped on her tool belt to get down and dirty as a mechanic and truck driver for the military. The Queen is the only living head of state who served in WWII and remains the only female member of the royal family to serve in the armed forces. Here is how much the British royal family is actually worth.
The Duke of Edinburgh was a pro at unveiling plaques
As the Queen’s better half of over 70 years, Prince Phillip is no slacker, but the 98-year-old has retired and it’s well-deserved. The Duke of Edinburgh consistently accompanied his bride (and third cousin) on many of her engagements, not to mention the 22,191 he attended on his own. He called himself the “world’s most experienced plaque unveiler” with 5,493 speeches under his belt. Post-retirement, he had planned to continue working with the 780 organizations with which he’s involved.
The Prince of Wales is a filmmaker
So, besides the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, what does the royal family do? The job description on the official royal website for Charles and Camilla isn’t something you can apply for, but it certainly sounds like a lot to live up to: “Undertaking official Royal duties in support of Her Majesty The Queen and on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, working as a charitable entrepreneur, by supporting charitable and civil causes which promote positive social and environmental outcomes and promoting and protecting national traditions, virtues, and excellence.” Not only is Charles committed to attending various royal engagements like his dear old mum, but at the request of the British Government, he’s been asked to further British diplomatic interests with visits overseas. And when he’s home he heads up many of his own charities, including The Prince’s Trust, The British Asian Trust, and Business in the Community. He is a well-known environmentalist and has introduced many sustainability initiatives, including reducing food waste and organic farming, to many of the royal homes and grounds, and he made the movie Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World. As for the Duchess of Cornwall, in addition to supporting her hubby at engagements, Camilla is also involved with many charities and events.