The Queen Mother

The Queen Mother


Queen Elizabeth taught herself to shoot on the grounds of Buckingham Palace during the WW2, in case a German parachutist attacked.


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The Queen Mother was so frightened of being kidnapped by Nazi parachutists during the Second World War she learned to shoot by practicing on rats flushed out of Buckingham Palace.

Mrs. Rhodes, the Queen's cousin, said the then-Queen Elizabeth had learned to shoot a pistol in the gardens of the palace, in order to protect her family from invading Germans.

Claiming her aunt had feared parachutists dropping into the grounds and "whisking them away", she added the numerous rats scared out of their homes by bombs made the perfect target practice.


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