Queen Elizabeth’s military driving licence, knickers and other personal items up for auction

Nov 05, 2022
Royal fans are given the chance to get closer to royalty this November. Source: Reeman Dansie Auctioneers | Getty

If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of British history, now’s your chance.

Come November 8 and 9, royal fans will be able to get their hands on some truly one-of-a-kind pieces of history as the Reeman Dansie Auctioneers in Colchester, UK, is auctioning off a collection of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s personal items.

From the monarch’s lacy undergarments to a collection of rare photographs from the Queen’s military career and with over 1550 lots to choose from there’s definitely no shortage of unique finds in this auction.

While bidding for the late Queen’s knickers may raise a few eyebrows, history enthusiasts are more likely to have their eyes set on Lot number 76.

Source: Reeman Dansie Auctioneers

Per the auctioneer’s official website, Lot 76 holds “Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – very rare 1945 military provisional driving license for when she was Princess Elizabeth and was serving in the ATS together with a contemporary charming handwritten and typed account of her service, photographs and related ephemera from her driving instructor.”

Source: Reeman Dansie Auctioneers

According to the National WWII Museum, at just 16-years-old a then Princess Elizabeth established her involvement in the military after being given the role of honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

When she turned 18 in 1944, she officially became the first female member of the British Royal Family to have served in the armed forces after joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

Despite her royal blood, King George made sure his daughter did not receive any special ranks in the Army. Elizabeth began her mechanic training in 1945 as a second subaltern before being promoted to Junior Commander. Newspapers would later dub her “Princess Auto Mechanic”.

Source: Reeman Dansie Auctioneers

Other interesting items up for auction include a bundle of signed Christmas cards from the Royal Family dating back decades and even a cast of the late Princess Diana’s hand– with an estimated value of starting at AUD$53,800 (£30,000).

In the past, many of Diana’s personal items have been auctioned off.

Back in 2016, unseen personal letters that Diana had written about her sons were auctioned off by the family of Cyril Dickman, a former Buckingham Palace Steward who served the royals for more than 50 years.

One letter dated back to 1984 and talks about the brotherly love between a young Prince William and his newly-born baby brother, Prince Harry, while others talk about Harry’s mischievousness in school.

The letters had been discovered by Dickman’s grandson after his grandfather died in 2012. Rather than keeping the touching notes, the family decided to auction them off.

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