Excuse me ma'am, but can you give us a push? Queen's Bentley won't start

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Excuse me ma'am, but can you give us a push? Queen's Bentley won't start

Car trouble happens to the best of us – after all, it's only fair that at least one part will stop working every now and again, be it from cold weather, age or otherwise.

It's something that Her Majesty the Queen is now all too aware of – suffering from a spot of mechanical issues as her bespoke Bentley refused to start on a trip to church yesterday.

Thankfully, our head of state reportedly took it in good humour – said by well-wishers to be having a good laugh at the Bentley's apparent technical dilemma.

It's not known quite what was wrong with the state limo, but its six-and-three-quarter-litre V8 engine seemed to be having some trouble turning over – perhaps suffering from the typical battery issues that blight cars in the winter months.

When the car did eventually start after six unsuccessful attempts, reports from the BBC say the Queen was heard to say "don't let it stop" – sound advice, we feel.

This isn't the first time that the royal convoy has hit technical faults. During her 1970s Silver Jubilee tour, the Queen found herself briefly stuck in Walsall as her Rolls Royce came to a hault.

A local mechanic, Fred Budd, was quickly roped in to help after a fuse in the vehicle's fuel pump malfunctioned.

"The biggest bug bear at the back of your mind is thinking if you get there and you can't do anything with it you're going to look a right plank," he told the BBC.

Her Majesty is no stranger to a bit of mechanical know-how herself, of course: She actually served as a driver mechanic back in World War Two, joining the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service.

At the age of 86, we're not quite sure how well she'd cope with the ins and outs of a modern Bentley, however...