Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has style and grace , and is renowned for her sense of duty and tradition, but that hasn’t stopped her from showing over the years that she has a no-nonsense, hardcore side too ... Kate Middleton’s US$1 million tiara ... and 4 more expensive jewellery pieces Her time with the toolbox Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, was keen to join the war effort and help her future subjects in their quest to win World War II. She trained and worked as a truck mechanic and driver as part of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. What is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s birth plan for their second child? Defying her parents in the name of love Although the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth fell in love with Philip when he was their 18-year-old tour guide during a visit to the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, with her parents and sister in 1939, her family did not consider Philip to be a suitable partner for the future queen. She defied their protests, and the couple were eventually married on November 20, 1947, soon after the war. The royals remember Prince Philip on what would have been his 100th birthday Whose dynasty is it? It was expected by Philip that the queen would take his surname and begin the royal house of Mountbatten , but that was not to be. Philip was reportedly pushing his young bride to do so, but then-prime minister Winston Churchill was against the family name change, Elizabeth sided with her government and stood up to her husband, who was reportedly furious with her seeming snub of his family name. Royals, statesmen, actors: who wasn’t Princess Diana related to? Standing up to a teen gunman During the annual Trooping the Colour – a ceremony marking the queen’s official birthday – in 1981, a 17-year-old boy fired six blank shots at the queen as she entered the procession on her horse, Burmese. Although the horse was startled momentarily, the queen, unflinching, brought him back under control and continued with the parade. Which US president did Queen Elizabeth like best? Riding an elephant on a tiger hunt The royal family are known for their penchant for hunting game, such as pheasants and stags on their estates in Britain – but the queen went next level when she climbed on an elephant in 1961 and set off on a tiger hunt. In the end, Prince Philip was the one to bring down a big cat. Power dressing for the palace: what first ladies wore to meet the queen The time she locked, loaded and fired a machine gun In 1993, during a visit to an army base in Surrey, the queen got the opportunity to fire a British L85 battle rifle – and she looked totally hardcore doing it! She knows just the (gin and) tonic to make it through the day Her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, was known to be partial to a tipple, and reports in the past have suggested the queen drank as many as four cocktails a day. Speaking to CNN in 2017, her former chef of more than 10 years, Darren McGrady, said that her favourite drink is a gin and Dubonnet cocktail – but that reports of this being a daily tipple were exaggerated. According to him, she enjoys a glass of wine with dinner at times and also has an occasional glass of champagne. How many royal pregnancy rules did Meghan Markle break? She is the ultimate photobomber The queen turns up in a lot of other people’s photos, not surprisingly. But there are times when she has knowingly elevated a snatched “selfie with the queen” into something much more fun. Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! 😄 👑 #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk — Jayde Taylor (@_JaydeTaylor) July 24, 2014 Take, for example, that time during the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. Two Australian women’s hockey team players were taking a selfie as the queen walked by and she turned with a smile at the crucial moment. “Ahhh, the queen photo-bombed our selfie!!” hockey player Jayde Taylor wrote on Twitter. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .