Saturday, May 19, 2007

British royals in the military

Military service in Queen Elizabeth II's immediate family:
-QUEEN ELIZABETH II: In 1945, then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service and reached the rank of junior commander and was trained as a driver.
-PRINCE PHILIP: Joined the Royal Navy in 1939; saw active service in the World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.
-PRINCE CHARLES, Spent six months in 1971 learning to fly jet aircraft and obtaining his Royal Air Force wings and entered the Royal Navy; qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974; joined 845 Naval Air Squadron and in 1976, took command of his own ship; holds the rank of vice admiral in the Royal Navy, lieutenant general in the army and air marshal in the Royal Air Force.
-PRINCESS ANNE: Holds a number of honorary titles in the British and Commonwealth armed services.
-PRINCE ANDREW: Served for 22 years in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot, seeing active service during the Falklands Campaign of 1982.
-PRINCE EDWARD: Spent three years in the Royal Marines as a University Cadet but, after graduating from Cambridge, decided to leave to pursue a career in theatrical production.
-PRINCE WILLIAM: Entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 to begin his training as an army officer; plans to join the Household Cavalry, with the aim of becoming an armored reconnaissance troop leader.
-PRINCE HARRY: Graduated from Sandhurst as an army officer in 2006; joined the Household Cavalry as an armored reconnaissance troop leader.