Queen Elizabeth II passed away today, aged 96. She was the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, reigning for 70 years. Princess Elizabeth of York was born on April 21, 1926, and ascended to the throne at the age of 25 in 1952. She recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee.
Many automakers expressed their condolences and mourned her death on social media. According to Aston Martin, the Queen is a “passionate champion of British culture, enterprise, and innovation.” Jaguar and Land Rover both posted similar messages on their respective social media accounts, expressing their condolences to the Royal Family.
Lotus, Lister, Caterham, and Morgan all expressed their opinions on social media. Lotus referred to her as “an extraordinary role model for people all over the world,” and Vauxhall referred to her 70-year reign as “an inspiration to all.”
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford also issued a statement on Queen Elizabeth’s death, expressing condolences to the Royal Family, as well as the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Bill stated in the statement that her death deeply saddened him. “The Queen has been a consistent and exemplary global leader,” demonstrating “the true meaning of service and dedication.”
While Her Majesty was royalty, she joined the British Army during World War II. She drove ambulances and learned how to repair heavy trucks while in the service, leading to a life-long love of driving and a particular fondness for Land Rover. She was seen driving herself around the grounds of Windsor Castle in a green Jaguar waggon late last year. She’s been seen driving herself several times, usually in a custom Land Rover.
Queen Elizabeth II, who lived to be nearly 100 years old, witnessed monumental societal changes. During her time as Queen, she worked with 15 prime ministers and met 13 of the 14 US presidents.
Her Majesty’s eldest son, Prince Charles, will now ascend to the throne, possibly as King Charles III. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, died in 2021. They had been together for 73 years.