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King Charles III's First Royal Ride to Buckinham Palace Was in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

The Royal Family boasts a vast collection of car models ranging from the Land Rover Defender to the Bentley Bentayga. But when it comes to official business, they usually go for custom Bentleys or Rolls-Royces. For his official appearance, King Charles III opted for a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VI 9 photos
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VIKing Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Arriving in Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
On Friday, September 9, King Charles III arrived for the first time in his new role at Buckingham Palace. He was to give his first speech and was accompanied by his wife, Queen Consort Camilla. Huge crowds had gathered at the palace to greet him.

Both dressed in black, they arrived at the Palace in the back seat of a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that has been in the family for over 40 years.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth owned two Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, among other cars from the brand. There was the Silver Jubilee Car, built by H.J.Mulliner, Park Ward and offered by the British Motor Industry for her 25th anniversary on the throne, and a 1986 model. They were the official state cars prior to her Bentley State Limousines, which she received in 2002 for her Golden Jubilee.

The one King Charles arrived in was the Silver Jubilee Car, which was put in motion by the luxury carmaker’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, available between 1968 and 1978. When Her Majesty was traveling in this luxury vehicle, the hood ornament, the Spirit of Ecstasy, was replaced by a mascot of St George slaying the dragon.

The car has been seen on official duty on several occasions in recent years. One, it was the car Kate Middleton, now Princess of Wales, traveled in on her way to Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William. It was also used by Princess Eugenie for her wedding. Another time the car was seen was when King Charles and Queen Consort, Camilla, were attacked in December 2010. King Charles recently used this car when he stood in for the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament.

Rolls-Royce was one of the car manufacturers of choice for British royalty since the 1950s. They owned several models, including a rare 1960 Phantom V State Limousine, a 1985 "Centenary" Silver Spur Saloon used by Princess Diana, and a 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette.



 

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