Cars for a princess
Cars Fit for a Princess
When it comes to travel, the British Royal family have a wide variety of different modes of transport that are available to them; the royal helicopter, the royal train and of course plenty of cars; there is however no longer a royal yacht following its decommissioning in 1997. In fact, the Royal Family has more cars than you might find at a large taxi firm.
The Queen has at least three Rolls-Royce’s, two Daimler’s and two Bentley’s at her disposal for royal engagements. The Queen, who is the only person in the UK not required to hold a driving licence is a keen driver having learned to drive during the Second World War when she drove a first aid truck for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. She can often be seen driving around her estate in what is probably her favourite car the Land Rover.
The Princess owned a 1994 Audi Cabriolet which she was regularly seen driving both Prince William and Prince Harry around in. The convertible green sports car was owned by Diana for around 3 years prior to her death and she drove about 4,000 miles in it. Prior to her marriage to Prince Charles Diana drove a dark red Austin Mini Metro L, a very modest car for a princess to be.
Duchess of Cambridge
Before her marriage, Kate Middleton drove a Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, she then changed to an Audi A3, which it is said Prince William upgraded for the duchess as a wedding gift, so that his bride could drive the more upmarket Audi A8. Very much the modern couple the Duchess has shared a number of cars over the last couple of years with her husband. Prior to the birth of Prince George, the car of choice was a Jaguar XJ, and of course everyone will remember the luxury Range Rover that they drove their son home from the hospital in. All of these cars are, of course, in addition to the fleet of luxury chauffer driven cars that the Princess has access to for official engagements.
The Queen’s sister was especially fond of luxurious cars and owned amongst others a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II.
Princess Ann, The Princess Royal
Princess Anne, who is one of the most active member of the royal family has owned a number of cars over the years, a Reliant Scimitar and a number of Bentley’s, including a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Unfortunately, whilst behind the wheel of one of her Bentley’s in 2001 Princess Anne was stopped for speeding, 93 mph in a 70 mph zone. She pleaded guilty and was issued with a fine and 5 penalty points on her license.
The Princesses of York
Both Princess Beatrice and her younger sister Princess Eugenie have both owned luxury Range Rover Evoque’s, Beatrice opted for the black version of the £40,000 car whilst her sister chose a white model instead.
It’s clear to see that princesses like their cars, but which one do you think has the best taste?