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« on: February 26, 2017, 12:37:03 am »

The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, became a Girl Guide in 1937. However she was not just a Girl Guide. In 1943 she became a Sea Ranger.
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2017, 08:14:53 pm »

You've got me there!  Hi

What a sea ranger please? And I never knew she was a sea ranger either.

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 08:40:19 pm »

^ Sea Rangers are sea cadets. In Britain each branch of the Armed Services, Army, Navy, Airforce, has junior amateur separate organisations for boys and girls. They're not officially connected with the Royal Navy at all but Sea Rangers allow young girls to learn some skills like sailing on inland lakes and going on Tall Ships (sailing ships) on the ocean.

The Tall Ships programme wasn't around in wartime when the Queen was a Sea Ranger but she would have worn a uniform with a round sailor's hat, learned to tie knots, and would have gone on camps with other girls and learned to sail on inland waters. The fact that Prince Philip, whom Elizabeth had already met and had a crush on was at sea during the war and that her loved father had been in the Royal Navy as well probably made it enjoyable too. Sea Rangers now are eligible to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

http://searangers.org.uk/about-sea-rangers/
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2017, 09:34:52 pm »

Her Grandpa England (George V) also served in the navy as a young man.

I believe when George VI knew he was going to be King he said something to Lord Mountbatten along the lines of 'I don't know how to be King' and Mountbatten replied 'I am going to say to you what my father said to your father when he faced the same situation - you have the best training in the world for that job - you were trained in the Royal Navy'. I am paraphrasing somewhat but the gist of the conversation is clear - to the Mountbatten's the Royal Navy was the 'best' preparation for being King.

Perhaps that is a reason behind her joining the sea rangers - to get some of that sort of training. I know she eventually joined the ATS in the war but being a 'sea ranger' would have given her some 'naval' ideas as well.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 11:49:19 pm »

Princess Elizabeth with Girl Guides in 1944   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibjaNCljVWs
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