Queen's Bentley State Limousine to be showcased in Buckingham Palace Gardens

Queen\'s Bentley State Limousine 05.07.2013
Queen's Bentley State Limousine 05.07.2013

11-14 July

The Queen's bespoke Bentley State Limousine will be exhibited this month during the Coronation Festival.

To mark five decades since her accession to the throne, Her Majesty the Queen received in 2002 this special Bentley. "Project Diamond" took two years to complete and includes a "panoramic glasshouse" while the rear seat position was established using a model of the same height as The Queen. In addition, the doors are hinged at the rear and they open through 90 degrees for an easier entry/exit access.

Bentley's flagship model - the Mulsanne - will also be on display in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The British marque says each car takes almost 400 hours to create, with half of the time put into finishing the interior cabin.

More details can be found in the attached press release.

Source: Bentley
  • Unique opportunity to view Royal Bentley in Buckingham Palace Gardens
  • Craftsmen and designers show world-class skills at ‘open air’ workshop
  • Mulsanne flagship takes centre stage in Bentley exhibition

(Crewe, England. 5 July 2013)  Visitors to the Coronation Festival (11-14 July) will be able to enjoy the rare opportunity to see one of the most recognisable and elegant cars in the world, Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine.

This unique Bentley, presented to The Queen in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne, will be the centrepiece of a collection of Bentleys on display in Buckingham Palace Gardens throughout the celebrations.

“Whilst the State Limousine is known to millions of people across the world, the Coronation Festival will offer a superb opportunity for visitors to take their time to walk around the car and get closer than usually possible. Her Majesty and The Royal Household have kindly made the car available for the occasion,” comments Richard Charlesworth, Bentley’s Director of Royal and VIP Relations.

Bentley’s craftsmen, designers and engineers (in partnership with several leading British automotive specialists) started work on ‘Project Diamond’ in 2000 with the clear objective of creating a truly elegant car suitable for every type of Royal occasion. 

The State Limousine is designed to ensure as many well-wishers as possible have the opportunity to see The Queen and Bentley created a ‘panoramic glasshouse’ as well as making the vehicle far higher than any other car. Additionally, the rear seat position was determined using a model of the same height as The Queen and the doors are hinged at the rear and open through 90 degrees to enable Her Majesty to almost walk out of the car.

As well as presenting the State Limousine, Bentley’s craftsmen and designers will be offering live displays of some of the skills that provide every car that leaves the Crewe factory with a hand-built, bespoke feel. 

The ‘open air workshop’ will show guests the mix of hand-to-eye coordination, skill and attention to detail needed to create Bentley’s luxury car models. For example, the team will be demonstrating how to contrast stitch a steering wheel or apply a crossband design to a wood veneer.  

A final highlight from Bentley will be the presence of the company’s flagship model; the Mulsanne. Blending refinement and performance with luxury features and technology, the Mulsanne offers the greatest of grand touring experiences. The car takes nearly 400 hours to create (with 200 hours dedicated to crafting the luxurious interior) and nearly 120 exterior colours are available as standard as well as 24 leather colours. The steering wheel alone requires ten feet of thread and 620 stitches to complete.

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yaadman yaadman
its huge!!!
Jul 8th, 2013 8:41pm
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tbrodie tbrodie
Do the Corgis ride up front or in the back?
Jul 8th, 2013 1:42am
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Godfather Godfather
They need to replace this monstrosity with a extra stretch range rover. Then at least it will be a British designed and built car (but Indian owned) unlike the large Volkswagen she has now.
Jul 5th, 2013 11:23pm
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automobile007 automobile007
Your comment is hypocritical. This was British built and designed just as a stretched range rover would be!
Jul 5th, 2013 11:47pm
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Godfather Godfather
True apart from the high % of Volkswagen parts used in every Bentley since their takeover. Can't remember the last time I saw any parts of a tata motors in a land rover or even a jaguar. So intrigue me how that is hypocritical? I think you mean realistic.
Jul 6th, 2013 12:06am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
God father how ridiculous your comment is.....do you think all the jlr components are uk made....do you even think all the vw components are german made?
Jul 6th, 2013 3:35pm
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Godfather Godfather
How much do you actually know about anything? Where do the electronic, engines, switch gear come from. And before you say a third party,it not. It's designed by Volkswagen and every Volkswagen has upto 60% common parts with another Volkswagen. At least jaguar design majority of the parts themselves. P.s. Bentley and rolls are barely put together at crewe and goodwood
Jul 6th, 2013 4:55pm
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
Now I know where the Mulsanne takes its looks.
Jul 5th, 2013 8:44pm
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