She's so fancy, you already know
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
The Queen has many privileges that you probably don’t know about – from being the only person in the UK legally allowed to drive without a license, to having her own cash machine in the basement of Buckingham Palace, our Liz has luxuries we never thought possible.
And when it comes to her cars it’s no different, as we recently found out thanks to an auction listing for her custom Daimler.
Nowadays Elizabeth II can be found grinning in the side mirror of her Range Rover, but the car on sale, often used to take the Queen and Prince Philip from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, was her go-to motor for six years from 2001 to 2007.
The most important detail about the Racing Green car is the fact that it has it’s very own built-in handbag tray – because royal accessories do not belong on the floor, naturally. It’s also free from ashtrays and cigar lighters as the Queen doesn’t smoke, and doesn’t want anyone around her to, either.
H&H Classics will be selling the car at auction this month, taking it to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on July 26 and they’re expecting a pretty penny for it.
Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics, told the Mirror: ‘Royal cars do come to the market from time to time but fairly infrequently.
‘So when they do come to auction they usually command a premium price. And as this car has not been entirely stripped of its royal extras it will doubtless do well on July 26th.’
A spokesperson continued: ‘Every British monarch has been chauffeured around in, or has driven if they wished, Daimlers since 1902 when King Edward VII granted the Coventry marque a Royal Warrant.
‘Each rear armrest contains controls for both rear windows. The standard fit CD Auto Changer may have been omitted but an examination of the boot shows its place was once supplanted by equipment for keeping The Queen in touch with her Home Office and Government.
‘An even more personal touch is the nicely engineered handbag holding tray built into the armrest between the two front seats which ensured that it was readily accessible and kept away from any inadvertent footwell kicks.’
It’s expected to sell for around £55,000 which might sound like a hefty price tag but you’ve probably saved yourself a load of cash from the Amazon Prime sales.
So if you fancy driving yourself around in Liz’s old motor then now is your chance.
We never realised we needed a built-in extendable handbag tray until now.