And among them, incognito, were Princess Elizabeth, 18, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, 14. This time the King had been easier to convince. He understood that his two girls, like all of his subjects, had had very little fun in recent years. Accompanied by several friends and their security detail in plain clothes, Elizabeth wore her ATS uniform out into the streets to join the throngs. Decades later, she told friends she tugged her cap low over her brow so she wouldn’t be recognized. She also said that the night of cheering and milling about with her fellow citizens, unrecognized, a night when she and her friends entered the Ritz Hotel through one door arm-in-arm and out another at the end of a conga line, was one of the most memorable nights of her life.
In other words, the future Queen had a great adventure.
Here at Choose Your Own Adventure, we have thought a lot about the Queen in recent days. She lived a life of enormous grace and service, bound by sacrifice and constrictions.
To quote Paddington Bear:
“Thank you, Ma’am, for everything.”