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Friday, April 29, 2011

Flying B for the boy and a Flying Lady for the lady.

So I think we all know who got married today, so lets take a look at the ceremonial cars from Crewe.

Well, the boy arrived in a flying B, the Bentley State Limousine.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Here is the video of the boy in his grandmother's Bentley leaving his house, then going to the Abbey to get married.



What is quite rare is that the Bentley State Limousine was appropriately configured for full ceremonial purposes.

Configured you may ask, how?

What is not that well known it that the Bentley State Limousine is actually a glassed Landaulet.

That is, that the rear of the car can be converted to a glass roof by removing external panels.

Lets take a look.

Here is the standard configuration of the Bentley State Limousine, noting the size of the rear window.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Now here is the car as it was configured for the Royal Wedding, in its converted state as a ceremonial Landaulet.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

This car is just so appropriate for this exact function.

If you are going to have millions of people watching you, have a car where you can configure it to have an excellent amount of light let in and great viewing from so many angles.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Like these from above, just look how huge the glass rear window actually is. It is so well designed to preform ceremonial functions like this.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Now to the Flying Lady on the lady's car.

The lucky lady borrowed her grandmother-in-law's 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI chassis # PGH101 for her big day.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Here is a video of her daddy taking her to the Abbey to marry the future King.



Now arriving at the Abbey, it certainly looks very nice.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

And guess what? The grandmother-in-law's older car was also appropriately configured for this ceremony.

That's right, it also is a glassed Landaulet, which gives amazing views of the occupants.



Here is the car in a significantly less ceremonial incident where it was appropriately configured in its standard way.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Very good work to the lads who bought this car back to its proper state for the world wide public to enjoy.

Now back to the Abbey. It is great to see the convertible in action. It is moments like these where it is the peoples turn to have a look and celebrate. The Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars just deliver in enabling people to see what is going on, whilst keeping the occupants protected from the elements, looking good in style and in comfort.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Now the video of the daddy and daughter arriving at the Abbey.



She does look stunning.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

With an appropriate mode of transport in the background of course.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

After the wedding I noticed something that I'm guessing not many people did, or in fact had any interest in what-so-ever - however I did, so I'm going to report it.


On the procession to Buckingham Palace from the Abbey, the principal dignitaries rode again appropriately in the horse drawn State carriages.

Here is the video.



Notice it? The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was converted back into its standard configuration during the wedding!

The rear compartment external panels are now back in place, appropriately of course, as it does not contain the principal dignitaries.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Where did they store them? In the boot of course.

Here is a diagram from the manual of Phantom VI chassis # PGH101 on how to store the panels in the boot of this car.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI

It's the details that make the British the best in the world at hosting ceremonies.

Good luck to the happy couple.

Then of course this happened.

The boy borrowed his Dad's car and drove his bride back to his house for presumably some after wedding action.

Bentley State Limousine Prince William and Catherine Royal Wedding Rolls Royce Phantom VI Aston Martin DB6

Here is the video from the Palace.



And from a news provider.



Again, British ceremonies are the best.

To the future King and Queen of Australia. Hopefully. Maybe.

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1 Comments:

At 9:58 am, Blogger David said...

Brilliant job!
Now what other car website could get away with coverage of a (actually,'THE') wedding coverage...?
Did you notice the Range Rover number plate 'XTC' following the Aston?
Maybe Astonmartinspotting could use the last video. But does that site exist?
Makes me very proud to be an ex-pat Brit...

 

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