The Queen’s State Limousine – one of the most recognisable and elegant cars in the world will be making an appearance at the ongoing Coronation Festival. The Coronation Festival, takes place over four days at the Gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of The Queen's accession to the throne. The event aims to celebrate innovation, excellence and industry through trade and craft.
Coming back to the car, the unique Bentley, presented to The Queen in 2002 to mark the 50th
anniversary, will be the centrepiece of a collection of Bentleys on display at 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,” commented 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 for this 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. 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.
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