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Vehicles of the Royal Family

Vehicles of the Royal Family

Posted On 22 Sep, 2014

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One thing is certain; for anyone with even a passing interest in cars, the history of the Queen's motors of the past is going to make for fascinating reading.

Once in a while some of the Queen's cars are brought together, for example at 2012’s Festival of Speed. The result is astonishing.

The Royal Family have owned Daimlers, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces and even cars set aside specifically to transport the Royal Corgis. Other vehicles, like Mercedes-Benz, have been loaned to the Family during overseas travel.

There are in total eight state limousines, but there are also some Volkswagen people carriers. The most recent cars used by the Queen for state engagements include two Bentleys, which are painted in Royal Claret livery and intriguingly are not required to carry number plates.

The design of the Bentleys for the Queen is actually bespoke, featuring a different specification to enable more internal space, although it turns out that even the Queen is subject to the usual UK
speed restrictions.

The British Monarchy explains that, ‘The oldest car in the fleet is the Phantom IV, built in 1950, 5.76 litre with a straight eight engine and a Mulliner body.' It was used by Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh. Despite its age, the car is in fine condition, and is still used for occasions such as Ascot.

It turns out that on processional occasions the Queen generally keeps her speed down to about nine miles per hour, and can go as slow as three, to enable onlookers to catch a meaningful glance.

Prince Charles, similar to James Bond, drives an Aston Martin, a DB6 given to him for his 21st birthday. Prince William has been seen out and about in an Audi S4, while Harry has driven an S3.

It also appears that Kate Middleton drove a Volkswagen Golf around university. This may not be too noteworthy now, but if or when she becomes Queen herself, the value of that particular vehicle is likely to become anyone's guess.

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