Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the throne, here are 9 things you didn’t know about her Bentley limousines.
The armoured car was created by Bentley Mulliner and presented on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Each of these ride cost around ₦4.4 billion, making it the most expensive state car in the world.
To put it in perspective, each of the Bentley will buy “9” US Presidential Limo “The Beast”, which cost ₦460m.
Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 6 (today) marks a historic milestone 70 years on the Throne. Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 — making her the world’s eldest and longest-reigning monarch.
In an extraordinary message released on the 70th anniversary of her accession to the Throne, the 95-year-old monarch said :
“I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me,” the Queen said.
“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me.
…“and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”
Despite her age and status, the Queen still gets behind the wheels of dozens of cars kept in the Royal Mews, which is the family’s collection of stables near Buckingham Palace.
Bentley State limousine
The 95 year old Queen is most often seen driving vintage British-made cars she’s owned for years, but her two Bentley State limousines gifted by Bentley remains her special secret weapons in the garage.
Here are nine (9) things you didn’t know about the Queen’s incredibly rare £10 million Bentley State limousines as she marks her Platinum Jubilee.
1. The armoured car was created by Bentley Mulliner on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee (50 years on the Throne) in 2002.
Bentley said the Queen and husband Philip had a significant input into its design, a car it gifted Her Majesty to mark 50 years of her reign.
2. The limo is fitted with a unique removable roof covering, which exposes a clear inner lining so onlookers can have an all-around view of the monarch.
3. The 6.22 metres long limo has a high roof and rear doors hinged at the back to allow the Queen to stand up straight before stepping out.
4. The rear seats are made with lambswool sateen cloth, while the rest of the interior is made of a light grey leather hide.
5. Just two were ever made, and each of these One-off and rare rides cost around £10m (₦4.4 billion), making it the most expensive State car in the world.
To put the price in perspective, each of the Bentleys will buy “9” United States Presidential Limousines “The Beast”, which cost ₦460m each.
6. Power comes from a modified Bentley Arnage’s twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V8 engine to produce 400 horsepower . Its maximum speed is 130 mph (209 km/h).
7. The 4.4 ton armoured limousine is blast resistance, has sealed air-tight cabin from gas attack and kevlar-reinforced tyres.
8. The two rare Bentley State limousine’s are kept in the Royal Mews, which is the family’s collection of stables near Buckingham Palace.
9. When used to ferry the Queen, the traditional “flying B” on the bonnet is replaced with a mascot of St George slaying the dragon. A lion mascot is used if she is in Scotland.