The Queen drove a Jaguar home from church, to the Internet’s delight

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Maeve McDermott16 hrs ago
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II drives her Jaguar car to The Credit Suisse Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club on June 24, 2007 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Queen Elizabeth II ORG XMIT: 74810282 GTY ID: 10282MG005_The_Credit_Su© Ben Stansall, Getty Images WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 24: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II drives her Jaguar car to The Credit Suisse Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club on June 24, 2007 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben…Queen Elizabeth II is the only person in the United Kingdom allowed to drive without a license, and she’s not giving up that privilege anytime soon.

When she’s not serving as the mother of her country, the Queen loves driving, often taking her family for spins in her Range Rover. And on Sunday, the 91-year-old great-grandmother was spotted in her green Jaguar, taking a spin after attending church services in Windsor.

The Internet deemed the photo instantly iconic.

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the queen driving herself home from church today is currently my favorite internet photograph

The Queen may be a noted car aficionado, but her solo outings may become more frequent. Last Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced that her husband, Prince Phillip, 95, will no longer carry out his public role starting this fall, though the Queen will continue to attend her full program of official engagements.

“I can’t stand up much longer,” Phillip joked at a public appearance Thursday when an onlooker expressed sadness at his decision to “stand down.”

Elizabeth first learned how to drive during WWII, serving as a mechanic for the U.K’s Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, and she is the only person in the country who doesn’t legally need a license or official plates behind the wheel.

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