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  • On Their Majesties’ service

    The formal investiture of King Charles III, on 6 May 2023,is the first coronation to be held in the UK in 70 years.

    There could hardly be a more appropriate time, then, to look back on some of the many cars owned and driven by members of the British royal family.

    As usual, we’re restricting ourselves to models built before 2000, including no more than three from any manufacturer and avoiding state limousines, which are a different sort of thing altogether.

    What follows, presented in alphabetical order, are cars the royals chose for themselves (and in some cases commissioned) or received as personal gifts.

    The accompanying pictures are of representative models, unless otherwise stated.

  • 1. Alvis TD21

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to Queen Elizabeth II, was a keen driver for most of his long life.

    He was particularly interested in the Alvis TD21, produced from 1958 to 1963, and commissioned a drophead coupé of his own in 1961.

    “It was fairly obvious to the lads on the shop floor that something special was being built, as there was suddenly a lot more activity surrounding one particular chassis,” according to former Alvis employee Roly Simmons.

    Sure enough, this was no ordinary TD21. Park Ward, which built the bodies, gave this car a windscreen three inches taller than that of the standard model pictured here, and raised the folding roof accordingly, to give the prince more headroom.

    Other special items included a compass in the centre of the dashboard and a mascot mounted on the bonnet.

  • 2. Aston Martin DB6 Volante

    The quality of 21st-birthday presents from mothers can vary wildly, but if you’re first in line to your country’s throne they’re probably going to be pretty special.

    In the case of Charles III, or Prince Charles as he was then known, the maternal gift was a DB6 Volante, which seems to have sparked off a particular enthusiasm for convertible Aston Martins.

    He received it in November 1969, just three months after the MkII DBS had been launched, and still owns it today.

    In 2008, the car was converted to run on bioethanol. Charles has suggested that the fuel was created from wine and cheese, and has been reported as saying, “It smells delicious as you drive along.”

  • 3. Aston Martin V8 Volante

    A late example of the V8 (known in its early years as the DBS V8) was another gift to the then Prince Charles, this time from Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Emir of Bahrain.

    The prince made his requirements clear to Aston, specifying, among other things, that the deep chin spoiler which had been added to the car’s design over the years would have to go, and insisting on a manual gearbox.

    Aston also redesigned the centre console so that it could carry a jar of sugar lumps (apparently to be fed to polo ponies rather than consumed by Charles himself) and converted the ashtray into a compartment for storing the royal sunglasses.

    Other V8 owners, including Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett, found the car appealing, and others were later built to what became known as PoW (‘Prince of Wales’) specification, though it seems that no two of them were exactly the same. After all, not everyone needs a place to keep sugar lumps.

  • 4. Aston Martin Virage Volante

    Like the V8, the now King Charles III’s Aston Martin Virage was built to his own requirements.

    As a result, it had the very unusual combination of a standard body with a 6.3-litre (rather than the usual 5.3-litre) V8 engine, along with appropriate suspension and brake updates.

    The 6.3 was available to other customers, too, but only with wider bodywork.

    Charles never bought the Virage, but leased it from Aston from 1994 until 2007. Like the V8, but unlike the DB6, it is now in private hands.

  • 5. Audi 80 Cabriolet

    In 1994, it was well known that Princess Diana drove an Audi 80 Cabriolet which had been loaned to her by Dovercourt Audi of St John’s Wood, London.

    Most sources agree that this was a metallic-green car registered L499 TRP (pictured), but a dark-blue 80 Cabriolet, registered L541 GJD, has been advertised as being driven by Diana, and indeed contemporary press photos show that she drove both.

    Yet another press shot shows that she also drove a third, registered in March 1995 as M152 MYH, but nobody seems to have claimed that it was in her possession for long.

    The DVLA no longer has any record of M152 MYH, suggesting that it has been scrapped. At the time of writing (late April 2023), L499 TRP and L541 GJD are both listed as being on SORN, and their MoTs expired in June 2017 and January 2023 respectively.

  • 6. Bedford CF

    In the 1980s, Vauxhall’s commercial division developed an electric version of the CF van, with the help of government funding and technical input from other companies.

    EV technology was nothing like as advanced as it is now, but the intention was that vehicles like this could be used for short-run deliveries without producing any tailpipe emissions.

    Prince Philip drove one of the prototypes (fitted with side windows and extra seats, which essentially made it an MPV) and was so impressed that he kept it for a few years.

    The project was abandoned when the allocated taxpayers’ money ran out.

  • 7. Daimler DE27

    The British Daimler company (related only distantly to the organisation which now owns Mercedes) was the favoured manufacturer of the royal family for the first half of the 20th century.

    Two Hooper-bodied examples of the DE27, a limousine with a 4.1-litre straight-six engine, were among the last Daimlers supplied to the royals for personal use.

    According to the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, chassis 51101 was presented to Queen Mary (then the Queen Mother but previously consort to George V) in 1947.

    A few months later, the then Princess Elizabeth received chassis 51040 early in 1948. Registered HRH 1, it was used as both a private and a state car.

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  • 8. Daimler Double-Six

    Double-Six was the name of a sleeve-valve V12 engine family used in several enormous, and correspondingly expensive, Daimlers in the 1920s and ’30s.

    Several of these were supplied to King George V, the first being delivered in 1929.

    Late in the engine’s lifetime, the sleeve valves were replaced by the more conventional poppet-type ones fitted today.

    Very few motors of this type were produced, but they were used in the royal Daimlers in the mid-to-late 1930s.

  • 9. Daimler Mail Phaeton

    Cars became a familiar, if not exactly common, sight on the roads during the reign of Queen Victoria, who doesn’t seem to have been particularly interested in them.

    The first British monarch to own a car was her son, King Edward VII, whose enthusiasm was already evident while he was still the Prince of Wales.

    Of the many Daimlers he eventually bought, the first was a 6hp model with mail phaeton bodywork (a term brought over to cars from the carriage industry).

    There are several claims about when Edward took delivery of his newfangled machine, but a usually reliable source puts it at 28 March 1900.

  • 10. Ford Escort Ghia

    As Prince of Wales, the present King gave a Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia (pictured) as a wedding present to the then Lady Diana Spencer, who became his first wife in 1981.

    The car remained mostly standard, but Diana had a frog mascot fitted to the rear half of its bonnet, where it probably didn’t affect the aerodynamics much and was unlikely to be landed on by an unfortunate pedestrian.

    In 2021, the car was sold at auction for £47,000, plus fees.

    This was a remarkable sum for a Mk3 Escort with 83,000 miles on the clock, but not even close to the record price for an ex-Diana Ford.

  • 11. Ford Escort RS Turbo

    The second and better known of the Ford Escorts belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales, was a 1985 Series 1 RS Turbo (pictured).

    Uniquely, it was painted black rather than white, and had a standard Escort front grille rather than the one used on other RS Turbos, apparently in an attempt to make it less noticeable.

    In 2022, the car was sold at auction for £650,000, or £722,500 including fees.

    Taking into account inflation and exchange rates, the latter figure is almost exactly the same as that achieved at a 2005 auction by a Mk2 Escort 1.1 once owned by Pope John Paul II, though it’s almost impossible to make an exact comparison.

  • 12. Ford Pilot

    The V8-engined Pilot was the first new model launched by Ford of Britain after the Second World War.

    It was quite a high-class vehicle for its time, but not necessarily the sort of thing you would expect a reigning monarch to pay much attention to.

    Despite that, George VI is known to have had one, though this was a rare ‘woody’ estate version.

    The royal Pilot was registered in 1951, the final year of production. The car pictured here is a 1950 example, which looks almost identical.

  • 13. Jaguar MkVII

    Jaguar’s MkVII was a large saloon car which not only provided considerable luxury, but was fast enough to do well in competition, including winning the 1956 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

    This combination strongly appealed to Queen Elizabeth, consort to George VI and referred to after his death as the Queen Mother.

    She acquired an updated MkVII M (uniquely painted in metallic claret and fitted as standard with higher-lift camshafts than the original model) in 1955, a few months after its introduction, and kept it until 1973. It subsequently became part of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection.

    Jaguar commissioned artist Graham Bosworth to paint a portrait of the car, and this fine piece of work was presented to the Queen Mother on her 100th birthday in August 2000.

  • 14. Jaguar XJ12

    The Queen Mother’s interest in Jaguars extended well beyond her ownership of the MkVII.

    The car was replaced in 1973 by a very special long-wheelbase XJ12 which, like its predecessor, had claret paintwork.

    Very unusually, it also had Vanden Plas leather upholstery. This was available in the contemporary Daimler Double Six, which was essentially the same car with different badging, but not normally in the XJ12.

    The Queen Mother owned the car until her death in 2002. At her request, it was then returned to Jaguar.

  • 15. Lagonda 3 Litre

    After owning an MG for several years (we’ll come to that later), Prince Philip moved upmarket in 1954 by purchasing a Lagonda 3 Litre drophead coupé.

    The car’s name was a slight exaggeration. Its engine, which performed well in competition, had had its capacity increased since it first appeared, but at 2922cc it would more properly be described as a 2.9-litre.

    The prince’s example had at least two unique features: Edinburgh Green paintwork, and a radio telephone, which was removed when the car was put up for sale in 1961.

    Before then, it led a varied life. Its duties included taking part in a tour of the Commonwealth and transporting the young Prince Charles to his prep school.

  • 16. Lanchester Eighteen

    Following its acquisition in 1930 by the BSA Group, which brought it into the same family as Daimler, Lanchester began to produce smaller and less luxurious (though still high-quality) cars than it had in the past.

    This was apparently of no concern to Albert, Duke of York, who had been an enthusiast of the marque for several years.

    In 1936, he acquired a relatively humble Lanchester Eighteen, which he used as private transport.

    Later that year, Albert ascended to the throne as George VI. He still owned the car when he died in 1952.

  • 17. Land Rover Defender

    The classic Land Rover became known as the Defender in 1991, and retained that name until production ended 25 years later.

    This might seem an odd choice of vehicle for a queen. Sure enough, Elizabeth II was often seen at the wheel of a Range Rover, which had similar off-road ability and vastly more luxury.

    However, Elizabeth was a keen driver, frequently went off-roading on her various estates and, perhaps most crucially of all, was a trained mechanic who would no doubt have appreciated the fact that the Defender was expertly designed for a specific purpose.

    Prince Philip also liked Defenders, and was involved in the design of a converted model which was used as the hearse at his funeral in 2021.

  • 18. Land-Rover Series One

    Queen Elizabeth II’s fondness for Land-Rovers began many years before the Defender name was introduced.

    Very early in her long reign, she acquired one of the first of the Series One models built on an 86in chassis.

    Registered NXN 1, it was taken to Balmoral, where it remained until 1966, at which point it was bought by a resident of nearby Ballater and re-registered LXC 894D.

    It remained in the same hands for nearly six decades before going to auction in February 2023.

  • 19. Mercedes-Benz 500SL

    From 1987 to 1991, Princess Diana drove a slightly converted Jaguar XJS V12 Cabriolet.

    This was acquired by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (in return for a donation to charity) and replaced by a Mercedes-Benz 500SL – part of the R129 range, fitted with a 5-litre V8 engine.

    The idea of a Princess of Wales driving a non-British car went down very badly in some quarters, leading Diana to return the SL (which ended up in the Mercedes museum) in September 1992.

    Attitudes changed quickly. Fewer than two years later, there was far less fuss about the fact that Diana now drove an Audi.

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  • 20. Metrocab

    Once he had got Bedford CF vans out of his system, Prince Philip switched in 1993 to an only slightly less unlikely Metrocab.

    Driving a vehicle normally used as a taxi is not the sort of thing you might expect of a prince consort, but Philip wasn’t alone. Actors Stephen Fry and Laurence Olivier did the same thing.

    In 1999, the then Duke of Edinburgh swapped his first Metrocab for another one fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

    This remained in service until 2017, when it was transferred to the royal car collection at Sandringham.

  • 21. MGC

    The MGC was an MGB sports car modified to take BMC’s 2.9-litre straight-six C-series engine.

    Right from the start, it was criticised for poor handling and disappointing performance at low to medium revs. Production lasted for only two years, compared with 18 for the MGB.

    Whatever anyone else thought, the then Prince Charles liked it – perhaps because it was his first car, given to him as a present shortly after he turned 18.

    Charles in turn passed it on to his elder son when William reached the age of 17 in 1999.

  • 22. MG TC

    Although the TC went into production after the Second World War, it was the third car in the T-type series, which had made its debut back in 1936.

    Prince Philip bought a TC (to which the Lagonda he acquired several years later was a dramatic contrast) and took the then Princess Elizabeth out in it while they were courting.

    Elizabeth described the car in a letter written to the author Betty Shew in 1947.

    “He has his own tiny MG which he is very proud of. He has taken me about in it, once up to London, which was great fun, only it was like sitting on the road, and the wheels are almost as high as one’s head.”

  • 23. Reliant Scimitar

    To classic car enthusiasts, the Reliant Scimitar was a glassfibre-bodied British sports car powered by a six-cylinder Ford engine of one type or another, and most popular in GTE form with a shooting-brake body style.

    To almost everyone else, it’s famous for being the favoured car of Princess Anne, who was given one as a birthday present in 1970 and is believed to have had eight more since then.

    The last of these was built in 1989, two years after its new owner became only the seventh person in 345 years to be given the title of Princess Royal.

    Like other members of her family, Anne is a keen driver, and has diverted some of her fortune to the public purse by way of several speeding fines.

  • 24. Renault 5

    Innumerable press shots were taken of Lady Diana Spencer driving, or standing next to, a red Austin Metro after it became public knowledge that she was in a relationship with her future husband, Prince Charles.

    However, pictures of her in a blue first-generation Renault 5, which she owned before buying the Metro, also featured in newspapers as early as 1980, months before the couple’s engagement was announced.

    The Renault is believed to have been secondhand, but it must also have been fairly new, since it was first registered in April 1979.

    What happened to the car is unclear, but it appears to have had a short life. Its Vehicle Excise Duty ran out on 1 November 1982, and there is no record of it ever having had an MoT certificate, which would have been required for the first time seven months before that.

  • 25. Renault Dauphine

    As with the earlier 4CV (known in the UK as the 750), Renault used a factory in Acton to assemble right-hand-drive versions of the Dauphine for the British market.

    In 1957, Renault presented Queen Elizabeth with one of the earliest Acton-built Dauphines (pictured), which remained part of the royal household for several years.

    It is believed to have been transferred to a Renault dealer in 1963, after which its condition deteriorated substantially – not an uncommon problem with Dauphines.

    The last sighting we’re aware of was in 1971, when the car apparently overturned after skidding out of control on a wet road and was subsequently scrapped.

  • 26. Rolls-Royce Phantom IV

    The first of only 18 Phantom IVs ever built is still in use today as an official royal car, but it didn’t start out that way.

    It was originally owned jointly by Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth. The former had driven an experimental Bentley known as the Scalded Cat, and decided he would like something of the sort for himself and his new wife.

    Rolls-Royce completed the order in 1950, and the car was used privately until Elizabeth became queen two years later.

    It has since become a familiar sight at royal weddings and other state occasions.

  • 27. Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

    Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, provided a very specific list of requirements (including a padded cushion designed to fit between the front seats) when she ordered a long-wheelbase Silver Shadow (pictured).

    The car was delivered in 1975 and remained in Margaret’s ownership for four years.

    It later spent a similar amount of time in the US, under the ownership of actor Burt Reynolds, but returned to Europe in the late 1980s.

    The car changed hands most recently in June 2021, at an auction held in Liechtenstein.

  • 28. Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II

    As she had done with the Silver Shadow, Princess Margaret compiled a detailed specification for its replacement, a Silver Wraith II.

    This was effectively another Shadow. Rolls-Royce used the Wraith II name for the long-wheelbase derivative of that model from 1976.

    Margaret received the car (pictured) in 1980, and it stayed with her for a very long time compared with others privately owned by members of the British royal family.

    In fact, she kept it for the rest of her life, which came to an end in February 2002.

  • 29. Rover P5

    For most of the 1960s, and on into the following decade, Queen Elizabeth II could often be seen at the wheel of a Rover P5.

    This was the first Rover with unibody construction, rather than a body bolted to a chassis, and started out in 1958 with a 3-litre straight-six engine.

    The motor was replaced in 1967 by the Buick-derived 3.5-litre V8, which wasn’t available even in Buicks when the P5 first went on sale.

    The V8-powered cars were known as P5B, and performed far better than their six-cylinder predecessors. The monarch, who owned P5 of both types, no doubt found this satisfactory.

  • 30. Vauxhall Cresta (or Velox)

    Vauxhall’s PA range consisted of two models called Cresta and Velox, which differed only in detail.

    All of them left the Luton factory as saloons, but some were converted into estate cars by Friary Motors of Basingstoke.

    One of these was created specifically for Queen Elizabeth II, and is usually referred to as a Cresta, but its exact identity is difficult to determine. It had a Vauxhall badge above the front grille, suggesting that it was indeed a Cresta, but it also had the less expensive interior upholstery of the Velox – perhaps a wise choice, given that corgis would be present.

    The royal Vauxhall was also fitted with a dog rack (again because of the corgis) and a gun rack (presumably for a different reason).


How many cars does the British royal family have? ›

There are currently five State Cars: two Bentleys and three Rolls-Royces. They have been used when the monarch is travelling abroad, and are also made available for heads of state visiting the UK, as well as for use by senior members of the Royal Family on official duties.

What car does King Charles travel in? ›

King Charles heads for Buckingham Palace

The king left Clarence House in one of his Bentley State Limousines. He will depart from Buckingham Palace later in the morning in a formal procession, with Queen Consort Camilla, to head for Westminster Abbey, where the coronation ceremony will take place.

Does the Queen own a Rolls Royce? ›

Official Cars

When the Queen is attending any official or state duties, she has a fleet of eight limousines to ferry her, and any dignitaries around. Her Royal Highness's state cars include three Rolls Royce's, three Daimlers and two Bentleys, each car is painted in Royal livery claret, and none have license plates.

What's the Queen's Favourite car? ›

What was Queen Elizabeth's favourite car? Queen Elizabeth II loved driving British-built cars and owned dozens of Land Rovers and Range Rovers in her lifetime. Her favourite was said to be the 2002 Defender 110, which featured a TD5 diesel engine with raised suspension and heated seats.

Does Prince William own a car? ›

Prince Charles has owned an A8 while Prince William has owned an A5 Sportback and Kate has owned an A3.

What car does Prince Charles drive in the crown? ›

Prince Charles was noted for having a DB6 Volante in the 1970s, and the Aston Martin depicted in the series showcases the style and elegance of the vehicle. There's no doubt this is a manufacturer known for being well-loved by British royalty.

Can King Charles still drive? ›

In 2019, it was reported that the Queen had decided to no longer drive on public roads “on the advice of her security team” after the late Duke of Edinburgh had been involved in a car crash earlier in the year in Sandringham. As King, Charles is also no longer required to use a driver's license while driving.

Is the Diamond Jubilee coach made of gold? ›

The coach isn't made of solid gold

It features gilded sculptures including three cherubs on the roof, which represent England, Scotland, and Ireland.

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In fact, the Queen's and subsequently the Royal family's fondness for Land Rovers was in large part responsible for why it came to be an enduring symbol of old money. The first fast estate from Jaguar was also one of the many cars the Queen preferred to drive herself.

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What happens to old royal cars? ›

Answer: They're sold on to buyers. In fact, anyone can buy an old state-owned car. In the US, government agencies hold auctions for their out-of-date vehicles. In the UK, even The Queen's old Bentley Mulsanne is up for public sale.

What car was called a princess? ›

The Princess is a large family car produced in the United Kingdom by the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland from 1975 until 1981 (1982 in New Zealand).

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28. Koenigsegg Jesko: $3 million. The Jesko is our first hypercar that hits the three million dollar mark. From a performance aspect, this makes sense: the Koenigsegg Jesko is also one of the fastest supercars in the world in 2023 – which definitely goes a long way towards its sticker price.

What is the Queen's number plate? ›

The Queen owned the rare 'A7' plate, one of the UK's first registration numbers issued in 1903.

What car is the Queen's coffin in? ›

The Wilcox-built Jaguar XJ hearse that transported the Queen's coffin to Buckingham Palace earlier in the week will carry her coffin on its final journey to Windsor Castle.

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What car is used at the Queen's funeral? ›

The state hearse is a vehicle of the Royal Mews used for funerals of the British royal family. Thought to be based on a Jaguar XF or XJ model, it was designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover with the input of and approval from Elizabeth II and converted by UK-based coachbuilders Wilcox Limousines.

Does Kate Middleton own a car? ›

“Kate moved onto an Audi A3 after graduating but has now upgraded to the Royal Family's fleet of Land Rovers - a seemingly natural progression for a mum with a young family.”

What cars did Princess Diana drive? ›

Princess Diana drove a one-of-a-kind black Ford Escort RS Turbo Series One. The vehicle belonged to the Princess between 1985 and 1988, and is one of 130 lots that will go on sale on Saturday.

What does Meghan Markle drive? ›

READ MORE. The Defender was the official car of the event in 2020, with Harry and Meghan taking part in activities with attendees driving mini-Land Rovers. Since making the move to North America, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have embraced the culture, even with their motors, being spotted in a Cadillac Escalade.

Do Charles and Camilla share a bedroom? ›

Another source close to the two explained to The Post that they do not share the same bed because of royal tradition. In many cases, this would have led to separation, but Charles and Camilla have proven that their relationship works equally well even in such situations.

What car drives Prince William? ›

The perfect opportunity came in the form of an Aston Martin DBX707, which was gifted to Prince William for a weekend test drive while he and Princess Kate were in Norfolk for the holidays.

How many cars does Queen Elizabeth own? ›

She is thought to have owned about 30 Land Rovers over her 70-year reign, from Series I models to the new Defender and a number of plush Range Rovers. But it is the original Land Rover, which later became known as the Defender, which appears to have earned the greatest admiration of Her Majesty.

Can the royal family be charged with a crime? ›

According to previous guidance on the royal family's official website, "although civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under UK law," Queen Elizabeth was careful to ensure that activities in her personal capacity were carried out in strict accordance with the law.

What does Prince Charles fuel his car with? ›

To be more precise, the car that Charles has owned for five decades has been converted to run on a fuel blend made up of 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded petrol, known as E85.

Who will be king if Charles isn't? ›

When either of these happen, Prince Charles may abdicate and pass the throne to his eldest son Prince William. What is the title of the heir to the British throne? The heir to the throne is always called the Prince of Wales. The title was introduced by King Edward l in 1301, after the conquest of Wales.

How much did Diamond Jubilee coach cost? ›

One of the most interesting points to highlight about the Diamond Jubilee State Coach is closely related to its value. As La Escudería points out, when it was first designed, it was estimated to cost $185,000, but as time went on, while it was being made, it exceeded $4 million.

Is that real gold on the royal carriage? ›

What's it made of? Despite the name, the royal coach isn't actually made of real gold but of giltwood which covered in a thin layer of gold leaf. Other features include paintings of Roman gods and goddesses along with three cherub sculptures which represents England, Scotland and Ireland.

How much is the queens gold carriage worth? ›

It was commissioned for £7,562 (£3.54 million = US$4.188 million in 2022, adjusted for inflation). It was built for George III's coronation in 1761, but was not ready in time; it was completed in 1762.

What cars does Prince Charles own? ›

Among the cars they list in Charles's reported collection are two Bentley limousines originally gifted to the royal family in 2002 for the late Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee and worth an estimated $1.7 million; a 1950 one-of-eight Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, valued at $3.1 million; a 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V; and a ...

What cars were gifted to the Queen? ›

The Bentley State Limousines are official state cars manufactured by Bentley as a gift for the late Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The two cars produced were in service for the Queen up until her death in 2022. They have most recently been in service for King Charles III.

Does the royal family have their own planes? ›

Dassault 900LX

In February 2022 Defence Equipment and Support announced that No. 32 Squadron (previously the Queen's Flight) will acquire two Dassault 900LX aircraft. The first of these jets was delivered to RAF Northolt in May 2022. The RAF named the new aircraft type Envoy IV.

Who is in the cars behind Queen's coffin? ›

Princess Anne walked behind the coffin with her siblings because she is daughter of the Queen.

Who is driving the queens coffin? ›

Who will walk behind the Queen's coffin? King Charles and other members of the Royal Family will walk behind the Queen's coffin before and after the funeral service at Westminster Abbey. The King will walk with Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward just behind him.

Is the Queen's hearse a Rolls Royce? ›

BAZAAR.com has learned the hearse was designed by The Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover, and the queen was consulted on the plans and approved the final model before her death.

Does Prince Harry have a car? ›

Prince Harry has been a long-time Audi fan, previously owning an RS6 Avant and RS5 coupe in the UK, and regularly spent time as a passenger in his mother's Audi 80 Convertible (which Princess Diana turned over quite regularly) back in the 1990s.

What is the hood ornament on the Queens hearse? ›

The bonnet ornament affixed to the Queen's hearse features a bespoke silver-plated bronze statue of St George slaying a dragon, as also used on the Queen's Bentley state limousine. The vehicle has been on standby since it was completed, with this its first ever official use.

Who owns the Royal car? ›

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
ProductsPhantom Cullinan Ghost Wraith Dawn Spectre
ServicesAutomobile customisation
Number of employees1,300 (2014)
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What is a pink lady car? ›

Lot #1314 - The "Pink Lady" is a one-off car special ordered by famed "daVinci of Detroit" designer Harley Earl, for his wife.

What was the Pink Ladies car? ›

1948 Ford Studebaker Commander Regal Deluxe...the Pink Ladies drove it in the movie "Grease"

What car is called the pony car? ›

The pony car class became defined by the Mustang, its namesake model. Pony cars are stylish, affordable, American cars that were generally built with mass production parts.

What car sold $1 million in 1965? ›

1965 was the year of millionaires: that year the Chevrolet Impala sold 1,074,925 units in the US alone, still to this date the highest annual sales volume ever achieved by a single model in the US since World War 2.

What car sold for $150 million? ›

A rare sports car just smashed records after selling at auction for almost $150 million. The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé sold at an auction in Germany for a record €135 million ($142.9 million) earlier this month.

What is the rarest car plate number? ›

D5 — Dubai

Dubai-based Indian businessman and property developer, Balvinder Sahni, popularly known as Abu Sabah, made a massive purchase in 2016 when he splurged USD 9 million, at the time, to buy the rare and coveted 'D5' number plate for his swanky Rolls Royce.

What is the most expensive number plate in USA? ›

The Guinness World Records recognizes the “1” plate from 2008 as the most expensive one ever sold at auction, which went for $14.2 million. In 2021, someone paid $24.5 million for the California license plate “MM,” which also included a non-fungible token to please the crypto supporters.

What is the oldest number plate? ›

Dateless number plates are the oldest and rarest registrations available. Originating in 1903, the first ever number plate to be issued was in fact A 1, issued in London at the time.

What personal cars do the royal family have? ›

The royal family have the use of a fleet of luxury cars, including vintage Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Jaguars and an Aston Martin.

How many vehicles does Queen Elizabeth own? ›

The Queen's State Fleet which comprises three Rolls-Royces, three Daimlers and two Bentleys, is kept at Buck House, alongside a few Volkswagen support cars (keeping the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family values up).

Do British royals drive their own cars? ›

The Queen and her family often drive their own cars. When the royals aren't carrying out their duties, they often like to do ordinary things such as grocery shopping and driving. The Queen, 95, is often pictured behind the wheel of her Range Rover on her private estates.

Which King has the most cars? ›

The Sultan of Brunei's Unbelievable Car Collection From The Bugatti EB110 to a Bentley Buccaneer. The world's biggest car collection – an estimated 7,000 cars worth more than $5bn – is owned by the secretive Sultan of Brunei.

What car does Prince William have? ›

Audi RS E-Tron GT (2021)

William's latest high-speed toy is a £115,000 all-electric supercar.

What is the Queen's official car? ›

The Bentley State Limousines are official state cars manufactured by Bentley as a gift for the late Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The two cars produced were in service for the Queen up until her death in 2022.

How much does Queen Elizabeth owns? ›

These assets include the following: the Crown estate, worth $19.5 billion; Buckingham Palace, worth an estimated $4.9 billion; the Duchy of Cornwall, valued at $1.3 billion; the Duchy of Lancaster, worth $748 million; Kensington Palace, estimated to be worth of $630 million; and the Crown Estate of Scotland, worth $592 ...

Is Kate Middleton allowed to drive? ›

Moment of Truth — Does Kate Middleton Actually Have a Driver's License? There are a lot of things that Kate Middleton does that we normal folks do not. However, just like the rest of us, Kate has a driver's license and likes to hit the open road from time to time.

Does Prince Charles drive his own car? ›

The Prince does not own or choose to drive around in a Bentley. The car is required for some engagements for security reasons and is owned by the Metropolitan Police. Normally, The Prince and The Duchess are driven around in a Jaguar XJ and a range of new low and zero emissions vehicles.

What is the number 1 car of all time? ›

The Beetle remained the bestselling vehicle in the car industry until the late 1990s, when it was overtaken by the Toyota Corolla, due to the Corolla's good fuel mileage.
World's bestsellers.
AutomobileToyota Corolla
Units sold50,000,000 by 2021
Years sold1966–present
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Who owns the most cars in the US? ›

1. Jay Leno. American comedian and talk show host Jay Leno has over 1600 vehicles in his collection, and they range from tiny micro cars and hot rods, through to a pre-1900 steam car, the latest hypercars from Europe, an American LaFrance fire engine, and even a Ferret Scout army vehicle!

How many cars Bill Gates have? ›

Even after all his copious philanthropy, Gates is still worth over $100 billion. Like most billionaires, he owns an impressive collection of cars, and he has plenty of space to park them. One of his sprawling mansions can garage 23 cars.


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