May 31, 2002
Queen of England presented with new Bentley State Limousine
Windsor Castle, England – Bentley Motors chairman and chief executive Franz-Josef Paefgen presented a new, custom-built Bentley State Limousine to the Queen of England at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. It is the first ever Bentley in the Royal fleet – previous limousines were Rolls-Royce or Daimler models.
Presented on behalf of a consortium of British based automotive manufacturing and service companies, the Bentley is a gift to The Queen in recognition of her Golden Jubilee year.
Work first began on the Bentley State Limousine in the spring of 2000 after the proposal to build a Bentley for The Queen, as part of the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee, was first presented to royal officials.
Though this is the first Bentley given to the Queen, it is not the first time that Bentley’s craftsmen and women have been involved in building a Royal car. The most recent, in 1987, was a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI ‘standard limousine.’ However, this was preceded by a presentation of a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI State Limousine to The Queen in recognition of her Silver Jubilee year. This project was funded by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The car was a variation of an existing Rolls-Royce Phantom VI model, which had been adapted to accommodate a higher roofline and larger windows for State use.
The new Bentley State Limousine will be used extensively during The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Tour. The first official journey will be on Tuesday, 4th June when the car will transport The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh from the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
The Bentley State Limousine has been built in the workshops of Bentley Mulliner, the specialist division of Bentley Motors. With an array of technical and coachbuilding skills at its disposal, Bentley Mulliner provides a wide variety of bespoke services for its customers ranging from exotic veneers inlaid with personalised marquetry to the latest entertainment and business office facilities.
Bentley is owned by Volkswagen.