The British Royal Family has more cars than some transportation network companies. Queen Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom, for starters, has at least three Rolls-Royces, two Bentleys, and two Daimlers among a fleet of vehicles housed in the Royal Mews garage at Buckingham Palace. Other highlights include the 1965 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet that was used during her historic1965 visit to Germany, and the Bentley State Limousine – custom-built for the Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee. The lavish limousine which cost nearly almost three times more than the base model’s list price, weighs about 4,000 kilos, and its 400 hp, 6.75-litre V8 runs on propane, thereby reducing emissions. Designed with security in mind, this state vehicle has been expanded in length, width, and height – allowing Her Majesty to stand upright. Plus the rear doors, which open at an angle of 90°, make it easier for the Queen to face the crowd directly without any hindrance. In addition, the heavily armoured vehicle contains all the safety elements, making it blast-resistant and bulletproof. It has a transparent rooftop and a special monocoque chassis construction. The tyres too are made with Kevlar and the sunroof is absolutely impervious.
When not travelling around in her Bentley, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s favourite choice of cars are Land Rovers, like the 1953 Land Rover Series 1, 2002 Land Rover Defender, and the Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid Landaulet. Many a time the couple has been pictured in a Land Rover Defender at their holiday home in Balmoral. Her Majesty also owns a Citroen Sm Opera 1972, 1953 Humber Super Snipe, 1951 Ford V8 Pilot, and 1961 Vauxhall Cresta Estate – some of the best-looking vehicles in Her Majesty’s 10-million-pound collection. According to some, Queen Elizabeth’s love for cars can be traced back to World War II, when she joined a female branch of the British military, the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), and doubled up as a mechanic. She’s probably is the only member of the Royal Family who knows how to tune car engines and fix tires.
Not to be outdone by his parents, Charles, Prince of Wales also has a host of luxury cars to attend events and appointments. Probably the most famous car to be driven by the Prince is his 1966 Aston Martin DB6, which was presented to him on his 21st birthday. Apparently the car runs on a mix of 85% ethanol and 15% petrol, and does only a little over 2 kilometres per litre. Apart from that, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales also has an Audi A8 limousine, BMW 7 Series, and a Jaguar XJ – which became the official prime minister’s vehicle replacing the phased out Rover P5.
At the moment, the royal grandchildren prefer Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Audi, as Prince William, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry drive an A5 Sport back, A3, and S3, respectively. For royal engagements, the couples have the luxury of being chauffeured around in a stunning Bentley Continental Flying Spur.