Drivers from the Royal
Mews pictured with some of the
Rolls-Royce motor cars in their
Her Majesty the Queen's
New Bentley State Limousine
To Mark Her
Bentley State Limousine.
Conceived by a Bentley-led consortium
of British Motor Industry manufacturers
and suppliers, the all new car
will be presented as a gift to The Queen to celebrate her
It will be the first Bentley to
be used for
The new Bentley
State Limousine differs fundamentally from
those previously supplied by
Crewe in being a unique car, rather
than a production car modified for State purposes. It also
bears no relation in either appearance
or physical proportion to any other Bentley product, and has
been designed with continual reference
to and input from both The Queen and the Duke
and of course, the Head
The major partners joining
Bentley in the
consortium are Mayflower Vehicle
(bodywork), Leoni Wiring Systems
Group (trim packaging), Intier
engineering), Radshape (brightware),
(powertrain) and MSX International
has been entirely responsible for
styling, chassis and commissioning of
the car and
is currently assembling the limousine in
a dedicated area of its Personal
It has also overseen the project from
start to finish.
The new Bentley State Limousine
will be presented to The Queen in May 2002
and will perform its first
official engagement in June 2002.
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or other members
of the Royal family travel
on official engagements, then almost
certainly at least part of the journey will include the use of a
Rolls-Royce motor car. Often one
or more of the State fleet of cars will be sent ahead to be available
at the destination. Even when visits
abroad involved the use of the Royal Yacht Britannia, a Rolls-Royce
used to travel on board in it's
own specially constructed garage.
The first Rolls-Royce State
car, The Queens original Phantom IVwas
designed to carry the unique mascot of
St George slaying the dragon,(seen
on the left). This mascot could be transfered to any one of the mixed
fleet of State cars in the Royal
Mews. On the right is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
the Queen Mother's mascot,
atop the globe, which was originally made for King George V's Royal Daimlers.
It was Queen
Victoria's son the Prince of Wales (later
Edward VII) who became the first member of the
Royal family to ride in a motor
car. This was a Daimler belonging to Lord Montague. Not unnaturally
when The Prince ordered his first
car it was a Daimler, 6-horsepower, 2-cylinder model with coachwork
by Hooper. By the time of his Coronation
in 1902, he had no less than 4 motor cars - all Daimlers.
The internally illuminated
heraldic shield was introduced in 1955.
The Daimler company of Coventry
continued to supply cars for the Sovereign untill well into the
reign of the present Queen. However,
following her accession in 1952, there came a gradual move
from the products of Coventry to
those of Crewe.
In 1955, after 3 years of satisfactory
service by Rolls-Royce cars on official duties, and in the
wake of much discreet manoeuvring,
the company was finally granted the right to display the
Royal Coat of Arms together with
'By appointment to Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II motor car manufacturers'.
Within 5 years Rolls-Royce were
supreme in the field, having successfully challenged
Daimler's 60 year lead as Royal
And Rolls-Royce continue to hold
that honour to this day.
The Queen Mother's Phantom
V, delivered in 1962, displaying the 'Britannia' mascot.
Rolls-Royce have supplied numerous
members of the Royal family with cars other than the Sovereign. For example,
the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) took
delivery of his first Rolls-Royce, a Barker Limousine, in 1919; he was
a great enthusiast for the marque and owned no less than 10
examples including 20hp, Phantom I and Phantom II.
The late King Olaf of Norway
on a State visit, accompanied by Prince Philip,
in the number 2 State car.
Darkforce Ltd - 1984/2007
H J Mulliner bodied 1950 Royal
outside the State Coach House in
the Royal Mews
Some Information on this page from the
"Royal Rolls-Royce Motor Cars"
Published by Osprey Publishing
59 Grosvenor Street. London. W1X 9DA
The book is well worth buying and
is of particular use to anyone interested in
the British Monarchy and Rolls-Royce