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Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family cars

By Joshua-Philip Okeafor
Publish on June 12, 2019

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Even the Queen of England loves her automobiles. Elizabeth II has ruled for more years than many have lived, but she's never been without a good car. If you have a look at this list of 10 royal family cars, you know it is a fact!

The Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning hereditary sovereigns in the world, and has been on the British throne for 67 years since 1958. There are always talks about the British royal family, not just about the Queen but her consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her children, her grandchildren and their spouses.

Though the Queen and her family live the lives that are somewhat regimented and ordered by routines, it doesn’t stop them from being fun too. For instance, most are potty about cars like normal people. Her royal majesty loves her automobiles almost as much as her dogs, a fancy that is traceable to World War II, when the then Crown Princess Elizabeth worked in the British Royal Army as a truck mechanic.

There the Queen-to-be kicked started a preference for performance autos that have endured till this day. If you are curious about what cars the Queen packs in Buckingham palace as well as in her country estates garages, then you are in for an exciting read, courtesy of Naijauto.com: The Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family cars.

1. Land Rover Defender

If you thought you’d never be seeing this car after it stopped production, think again as this car is lying in the garage of the royal family.  Land Rover stopped the production of this car in 2006, and from its first year of production, this car is now 70 years old! Many have ventured that this is a favorite of the Queen because it reminds her of the military trucks she worked on as a mechanic during World War II.

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Land Rover Defender, old, but one of the Queen's best all time cars

2. Rolls-Royce Phantom VI 1978

This was the same car Prince William rode his wife Kate Middleton in during their wedding in 2011. However, in 1977 when the Queen was celebrating her 25 year jubilee on the throne, this car was presented to her by Britain’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Of course you’d be hard put to see this car on sale now but whenever the Queen rides the vintage vehicle, it’s always as fresh as when new as she has personally maintained it since.

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI 1978. Celebrating the Queen's 25th and decades later used as Prince William's wedding car

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3. Aston Martin DB6 1969

Riding on her love for automobiles, the Queen gifted an adorable blue Aston Martin DB6 Volante to Prince Charles on his 21th birthday. Since then, the car has become a part of the royal automotive properties.

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A birthday present from the Queen to the 21-year-old heir apparent, Prince Charles: 1969 Aston Martin DB6

4. Land Rover Series I 1953

The Queen might have been the luckiest to experience the Land Rover rides since it surfaced. King George VI, Queen Elizabeth's father, was given the 100th Series I truck as a present in 1948. She definitely enjoyed the ride behind the wheels of her father's Lander Rover but that was not enough. Five years afterwards, she bought her own the same car. These SUVs are regularly used to transport her and the family to royal events.

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The Queen bought the 1953 Land Rover Series I after royal Daddy King George VI bought one in 1948

5. Rover P5B 1971

Athletic, stylish and luxury define this car. It was also easily one of the most rugged cars between 1958 and 1973. The Queen bought this car in its heydays when she was younger, and it was a royal favorite. This car is no longer in the royal garages but in the British Motor Museum on display for the British public.

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The Rover P5B 1971 was the height of chic back 50 plus years ago

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6. Range Rover Landaulet 2015

So far most cars mentioned have been older models, and you can’t take this away from a 93-year-old lady. This does not mean the Queen is not in love with newer automobiles. The Range Rover Landaulet 2015 is one car that reminds us how much the Queen loves Range Rover. This car is a hybrid version of its model and it’s the same car she used to parade the streets of London during one of her interactions with the people.

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The Queen used the Range Rover Landaulet 2015 for parades

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7. Bentley State Limousine 2002

This 2002 Bentley limousine is not like any other Bentley car owners might own but is one personally custom designed for the Queen during her Golden Jubilee in 2002. This was built with her security and that of the royal family in mind.  Thus, it’s more expensive than it looks. The vehicle was expanded in length, width and height and contains all safety features like bulletproof windows and blast resistance.

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This Bentley State Limousine 2002 can withstand bullets and missile blasts

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8. Bentley Bentayga 2016

After it was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September after so many years of designing and construction, the Queen was among the first to purchase the Bentley Bentayga 2016. This car is one of the most powerful, luxurious, and high-class sport utility vehicles in the world no wonder it is also loved by her majesty. The Queen uses this car for many of her hunting forays.

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The Bentley Bentayga 2016 is her majesty preferred hunting car

9. Bentley Mulsanne 2012

For her 60th anniversary on the throne, Bentley built the 60 Diamond Jubilee Mulsanne for the Queen in 2012 and she has always used it as one of her private cars. This car didn’t stay too long in the royal garages as it was auctioned and sold in 2016 on British Auto Trader at the price of $285,000.

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The Queen got the Bentley Mulsanne 2012 for her 60th anniversary

10. Audi A5

The two brothers Princes William and Harry have been known to love the Audi A5 as they have been seen on different occasions riding in it. While Prince William owns several models of the A5 Sport backs, his younger brother, Prince Harry, owns a two-door S5.

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The royal brothers Princes Harry and William love the Audi A5

What fun HRM the Queen must have with these exotic autos.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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