HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. The example she set throughout her lifetime of service to our country, will always be a source of strength and inspiration to us all.

Our thoughts are with the Royal family and you all, at this time of mourning.

Thank you ma’am, for everything.

Queen Elizabeth II advocated for Innovation throughout her reign.

Queen Elizabeth’s enduring passion for driving throughout her 70-year reign involved an unusual collection of (mostly) regal cars that trace the history of British motoring and innovation. During the Second World War, she was a mechanic and driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Five months later she was promoted to Junior Commander.

Queen Elizabeth II with Car


The Queen’s 1953 coronation was broadcasted live on television, driving sales of home sets. It was filmed in colour and was also recorded using experimental 3D technology.

Before she took the throne, the young princess Elizabeth made her first public speech via radio during World War II. The future queen and her sister Margaret broadcast a message of hope for children across the Commonwealth during the speech.

In 1969, the Queen opened London’s Victoria tube line, named for her great-great-grandmother. Also, she took the tube from Oxford Circus to Victoria station to mark the occasion.

HM Queen Elizabeth II opened the Information Age Gallery with a Tweet (her first) in 2014

Queen Elizabeth II public speaking


Manufacturing and Technology industries pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“I send my deepest condolences to the Royal Family. The Queen has been an inspirational figurehead of our Country and Commonwealth. Her Majesty was a supporter of design and engineering. She took a keen interest in how things work and always offered me great personal encouragement to ‘keep on inventing’. She leaves a nation mourning a truly historic figure.” – Sir James Dyson, Founder of Dyson.

“On behalf of everyone at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and our global engineering community, we are saddened to learn of the death of HM The Queen, Patron of the IET. Her Majesty was an unwavering advocate of engineering and technology and graciously consented her patronage to the Institution in 1953. During the IET’s 150th anniversary in 2021 she credited those within the profession as playing a key role in solving global challenges, as well as continuing to improve the lives of millions of people all over the world.” – Sir Julian Young, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Queen Elizabeth II driving

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