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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Queen’s State Limo on Display

Bentley State Limousine
Photo courtesy Bentley Motors
If you were at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace Gardens last month (July 11-14), you would have had a chance to see Her Majesty’s state limousine up close. No, I wasn’t there, either—guess my invitation must have been lost in the mail--but Bentley Motors has provided photos so the rest of us can see what we missed.

The car, built to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in 2002, is unique, even for a Bentley. According to Bentley PR, the car was “designed to ensure as many well-wishers as possible have the opportunity to see the Queen” thanks to a panoramic glasshouse and extra height. They add that “the rear seat position was determined using a model of the same height as the Queen and the doors are hinged at the rear and open through 90 degrees to enable Her Majesty to almost walk out of the car.” A feature I wish my own car had, some days.
Bentley State Limousine
Photo courtesy Bentley Motors

The limo was being displayed together with a collection of other Bentleys (I’m eyeing up the red car to the right—sweet!).

Bentley also presented the Mulsanne, their flagship model. It looks like Her Majesty approves. Bentley claim it takes almost 400 hours to build a Mulsanne, 200 of which goes on the interior. Potential purchasers have a choice of over 100 standard paint colours, and 24 colours of leather. All hand-stitched, of course. It’s enough to make you feel like a queen.
The Queen visits the Bentley stand at the Coronation Festival.
Photo courtesy Bentley Motors



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