Royal vehicles to go on display at Gaydon

| 27 Mar 2012

The Heritage Motor Centre (HMC) in Gaydon is to hold a special exhibition of Royal Cars to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The display will be the centrepiece of a week of activities in which Children will be encouraged to come dressed as Queens, Kings, princes and princesses and join in with crown and bunting making. Plus HMC will be lighting a beacon to mark the Queen's reign on Monday 4 June.

The Royal Cars exhibition will run from  2-10 June showcasing a number of Royal vehicles including a 1983 Land-Rover 110 station wagon, one of the first 110 and The Queen’s private car. It was used on her estates of Sandringham and Balmoral but taken out of service in 2001 and then donated to HMC. This will be the first public viewing of the car since the Golden Jubilee.

Also on display will be an open-topped 1954 S1 Land-Rover, the first of the bespoke royal Land-Rovers and known as ‘State IV’. The body was custom designed with a rear platform from which its passengers could view the crowds. The vehicle was part of a fleet that The Queen and Prince Philip took on a six-month Commonwealth tour after her coronation.

Visitors will also be able to see a 1958 S2 Land-Rover, a 1968 Vanden Plas Princess limousine and a 1971 Rover Saloon that was the personal property of The Queen.

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