A right Royal ride

If the Queen needed to lease a car, it would have to be something very special. For Car Leasing Leicester, visit http://leasing.totalmotion.co.uk/. The Queen is the only person in the UK who doesn’t need a driving licence and she learned to drive during the Second World War. She can be still be seen driving her Range Rover and as it turns out, she does love her cars. She has quite a collection of them in fact. The Sandringham Estate is home to her rather expensive collection of them. She still has the first ever Royal car in her collection, the Daimler Phaeton from 1900. Let’s take a look at some of the beauties in her garages.

One of her cars is a Land Rover Defender and it’s one of her favourites. The green Land Rover Series 3 was made for her in 1978 and it was sent to the garage in the following for some unique regal modifications to be added to it. It has a traffic light system whereby the Queen can signal for the driver to stop, slow or start at the press of a button.

The Queen spends most of her life being escorted and chauffeured and the Queen’s Bentley is a metre longer than a conventional Bentley so that it’s nice and roomy inside. The interior features lambswool sateen cloth and leather hide making it a car fit for a Queen indeed. Bentley produced a one-off state limousine in 2012 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee and gifted it to the Queen. She loved it so much, she asked for another to be made. The cars are armoured, can withstand blasts, has Kevlar reinforced tyres and can travel up to 130 mph. Prince Charles must approve, as they both run on biofuel.

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The Daimler Double Six Long –Wheelbase Saloon is another car in Her Majesty’s possession. It is a 1984 edition and was specially made for her to drive around her Windsor estates. It even has a specially fitted rear bench for her corgis. It has been maintained by Jaguar and the royally appointed garage in Royal Ascot and was kept up to a very high standard until it’s retirement when it was displayed at the Jaguar Heritage Museum.

Currently her fleet consists of three Rolls-Royces, three Daimlers and two Bentleys which are stored in Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Support cars include Volkswagens. The Queen did have an X-type Jaguar as well until she sold it earlier this year. It was metallic green and fitted with a dog guard. It had a 3.0 litre V6 engine and automatic gearbox.

There are four car manufacturers that have a Royal Warrant for supplying vehicles to the Queen  and they are Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Her family however have been seen enjoying some other car makers too. William, Kate and Harry all drive Audis but when Wills and Kate aren’t driving themselves, they get chauffeured around in a Bentley Continental Flying Spur.