Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation will take place over four days in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. This exciting and unique event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, will bring together – for the first time on this scale – over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment. From 11-14 July, visitors will be able to enjoy a handful of illustrious Bentley cars including one of the most recognisable and elegant cars in the world, Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine. To mark five decades since her accession to the throne, Her Majesty the Queen received this special Bentley in 2002. “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.
Richard Charlesworth, Bentley’s Director of Royal and VIP Relations, comments: “The opportunity to build and now support the State Limousine is a great source of pride for everyone at Bentley and many of our customers; it is perhaps one of the most recognised and photographed cars in the world. The Coronation Festival is both an opportunity for our company to show our appreciation for The Queen’s achievements and to play a part in creating a special event that puts the remarkable people and companies holding the Royal Warrant of Appointment in the limelight.”
Many of Bentley’s current cars and finest historical models will be showcased during the Coronation Festival Gala, including the Continental GT Speed Convertible, while the center stage of Bentley’s exhibition will be company’s flagship model; the Mulsanne. Blending refinement and performance with luxury features and technology, 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.