The Queen takes Kate and her mother Carole Middleton for a drive in her Range Rover

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Queen Elizabeth was spotted driving her Range Rover while taking Kate Middleton on a ride through the grounds of her Balmoral estate in the Scottish countryside over the weekend.

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Her Majesty also drove Carole Middleton (Kate’s mother) as they returned from a grouse shoot, and earlier in the day she was spotted taking Kate to a picnic with William, People magazine reports.

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Prince William, Kate, and their two children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1, arrived in Scotland last week, where they are currently staying at Balmoral Castle for their annual late summer break with Her Majesty.

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A source said: “It’s very unusual for in-laws to be welcomed so warmly into the Royal Family. This personal invitation shows how much regard Her Majesty has for the Duchess’ family. I can’t recall them staying at Balmoral before, so this is a real sign of affection.”

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A fun fact is that the Queen is the only person in the United Kingdom who can drive without a license. That’s because all licenses are issued in the Queen’s name, so she doesn’t need to give one to herself – the same goes for registration plates on her cars and even passports.

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She drove a military truck during World War II and she once took Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on a drive in Balmoral, despite the fact that women aren’t allowed to drive in his home country.

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Who knew Queen Elizabeth was such a driving enthusiast?

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