The Royal Family honoured the late Queen’s “deeply personal” connection to the military after her passing last year, referring to her as “one of our last links to the extraordinary wartime generation.”
Of course, the Queen was the husband, mother, and daughter of a navy commander.
Even her grandkids were military personnel.The same holds true for other royal families as well.
We first saw Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish monarchy, in uniform over the weekend as she started a period of military training.
We look at the royal ladies who have worn military uniforms, whether on official business or because, like Elizabeth and Leonor, it is their responsibility to protect the country, from Kate in khaki to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in full camouflage gear… Elizabeth II, monarch The Queen’s connection to the military dates back to 1945, when she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) as Princess Elizabeth, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to serve in the military on a full-time active duty.
Princess Elizabeth engaged in a driving and vehicle maintenance training after joining the ATS where she studied mechanical theory, how to operate large Army vehicles, and how to read maps.
Her Majesty, as Sovereign In addition to being the wife, mother, and grandmother of those who have served in the Forces, the Queen also served as the head of the armed forces.
Priscilla Anne The Princess Royal has a number of patronages with military groups and organisations, despite the fact that she has never served in the military.
Princess Anne was promoted to Admiral in the Royal Navy in 2012, General in the British Army in 2020, and Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force in 2021.
Anne is the Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps, and the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport within the Commonwealth.
She attained these designations as a result of her interactions with and ties with the military.
Diana, Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, held a variety of honorary military titles throughout her lifetime and paid several visits to service members all around the globe.
Diana served as the first colonel-in-chief of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment from its founding in 1981 until her separation from Prince Charles in 1996.
The Queen’s Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment were combined to become the regiment in 1992.
Princess Diana also served as Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Wittering and Colonel-in-Chief of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.
York Duchess Sarah In May 1987, the Duchess of York put her best foot forward when she visited The Red Arrows at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. She flew in a training plane.
Sarah Ferguson was spotted sitting in the cockpit while dressed entirely in military garb.
Princess Catherine of Wales In order to see firsthand how new recruits and serving troops are taught, Catherine, The Princess of Wales visited Pirbright Training Academy in November and spent time with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield.
The Princess took part in some of the drills and spent some time talking to the staff about their time serving in the British Army.
While Kate has previously joined Prince William to the Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day parades and distributed shamrock sprigs, she will now serve as the regiment’s honorary colonel in her own right.
Duchess of Edinburgh Sophie Sophie is the holder of a variety of honorary titles, including Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Army Music, Royal Honorary of the Colonel 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 Rifles), and Colonel-in-Chief of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment.
The Duchess of Edinburgh even succeeded HRH Prince Philip as the next Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in March 2022.
Sophie donned her finest camo earlier this year to participate in a competition at the Gibraltar Barracks, Blackwater in Camberley.
Along with the other troops, the princess went to the shooting range where she demonstrated her clay pigeon shooting prowess before witnessing the men perform a rafting exercise.
Leonor, the Princess The 17-year-old heir to the Spanish monarchy, who is following in her father King Felipe’s footsteps, must finish the three years in accordance with tradition.
Princess Leonor of Spain was seen at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza on her first full day of classes. She was dressed in camouflage and was seen paying close attention in class.
Leonor is already working diligently in her classes as she starts her three years of military training in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
She and her family arrived to the Academy in Zaragoza on Thursday, where she was given the Cadet Battalion.
Maxima, Queen of the Netherlands In March, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands participated in Defence Helicopter Command training at Gilze-Rijen Air Base to put out forest fires.
Throughout the training, which was done using a Chinook cargo chopper, she exuded confidence like no other.
The princess wore a khaki jumpsuit with a padded green jacket and thick brown boots, and she looked the part.
Prior to the heart-pounding training on how to put out forest fires from the air, Maxima was given an explanation.
In particular, the Royal Netherlands Navy ships, special forces units, and the airmobile brigade are supported by the helicopters stationed at the facility.
They may also be utilised to help battle large flames and participate in NATO and UN missions.
Mary, the Crown Princess of Denmark In March 2019, Princess Mary of Denmark was named commander of the Danish Home Guard.
The mother-of-four’s job include managing the yearly Parade, which commemorates Denmark’s freedom from Nazi control.
Mary participated in a Home Guard Parade in Copenhagen in May while dressed in an army costume.
For the occasion, Mary displayed four medals with pride, including the Order of the Elephant, the highest honour in Denmark.
Swedish Crown Princess Victoria During a three-week military training camp in Almnas, Sweden, in 2003, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden exhibited her fighting and first aid abilities to the media in order to be ready for overseas peacekeeping operations.
At the Swedish military forces’ peacekeeping training facility south of Stockholm, the then-25-year-old princess trained with 41 other men and women in combat techniques, marksmanship, first aid, and chemical warfare safety.
The princess met the Swedish Home Guard in 2021 and during a training exercise at Salenfjallen, she learnt how to handle weapons and followed the soldiers’ instructions.
Victoria, who has participated in a number of military drills during her time as a monarch, took excellent aim before returning the guns.
Belgian Princess Elisabeth Most university students find that getting oneself to lectures is difficult enough.
But not 20-year-old Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, who balances her military training at home with her history and politics degree at Oxford.
Elisabeth started her training at the Royal Military Academy in 2021 and is still actively engaged in it even though she is a first-year student enrolled full-time.
Her background in both academia and the military is viewed as a crucial basis for her future as a queen.
Elisabeth’s intended stay at the school is unknown, however her father King Philippe spent three years there as a youngster.
Ingrid, Princess of Norway The future queen will teach at a school in the fall before starting a full year of military duty at the Skjold Camp in Indre Troms, the Norwegian Royal Court stated in June.
The Engineer Battalion is made up of professionals who work with defence facilities, bridges and other constructions and CBRN, according to the Norwegian military’s website.
The king visited a number of army and air force sites in Norway in 2021 to learn more about the military there.
She was permitted to assume control of the F-16 while seated in the rear seat as it flew over Northern Norway.
She will take control of Norway’s armed forces when she ascends to the throne.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn