Luxury Cars – The story behind the royal car bringing the monarch to Prince Philip’s funeral
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The Queen’s state Bentley joins a specially-modified Land Rover – which the Duke helped design himself and will carry his coffin – as the royal vehicles on display on the day.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
Why does the Queen have a state Bentley?
Bentley made the car for the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee – celebrating 50 years on the throne – in 2002.
There are actually two of the cars, both of which are kept in the Royal Mews, which is the family’s collection of stables near Buckingham Palace.
The cars are used mostly on official engagements, and are always escorted by marked and unmarked Royal Protection Squad vehicles, as well as local police vehicles and motorcycle outriders.
Bentley was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Crewe, but has been owned by Volkswagen since 1998.
What are the car’s specs?
The limousine has a twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V8 engine which has been modified from Bentley’s Arnage R version, to produce 400 horsepower. It has a max speed of 130mph.
It is 83cm longer than a standard Bentley Arnage, 25.5 cm taller, and 6.8 cm wider. It has coach doors at the rear, and the option to pull up opaque panels to black out the windows.
The bodywork and glass are armoured, the cabin can be sealed air-tight in case of gas attack and is also blast-resistant, and the tyres are kevlar-reinforced.
The car has a mount on its roof for an illuminated coat-of-arms and a pennant, which usually feature the royal coat of arms and the Royal Standard.
When the Queen is in the car, the traditional “flying B” on the bonnet is replaced with her mascot of St George slaying the dragon, or a lion if she is in Scotland.
The upholstery is made from lambswool sateen cloth.