Often seen driving her trusty Land Rover Defender driving around Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth has a long history of driving the most regal cars. The Queen is the only person in the UK who drives without having to hold a valid licence, but she is more than qualified to drive.
During World War II, she was a mechanic driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, driving ambulances.
Land Rovers have also featured in Her Majesty’s garage over the years, having owned around 30 during her reign, starting with the Series 1 through to the new Defender.
State cars are used for public engagements and on ceremonial occasions, with five currently in service: two Bentleys and three Rolls-Royces.
The Queen can also be found in Range Rovers, Land Rovers, Jaguars and Daimlers.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip bought a 1965 Aston Martin DB6 Volante as a gift for Prince Charles on his 21st birthday.
This car is known to be “powered by wine and cheese” after Prince Charles converted it to run on bioethanol in 2008 to be more environmentally friendly.
The car is said to use about four and a half bottles of wine for every kilometer driven.
Bentleys make up a large part of the Queen’s daily collection, with the brand admitting in 2016 that the Queen’s purchase of a Bentley Bentaya would come with an agreement that “standard” options would be upgraded, which ChooseMyCar.com highlighted.
The Bentley also featured in the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, when our monarch received a Bentley state limousine.
It has two of the most exclusive Bentleys in the world, with both models featuring fully armored bodywork and glass, blast-resistant tires and blue flashing lights.
Additionally, both £10million vehicles have Kevlar reinforced tires and the cabin can be sealed tight in the event of a gas attack.
The Queen’s ‘off-road’ car of choice was often a Jaguar XE, in which she was regularly seen driving to church.
As recently as 2021, the monarch was spotted driving a racing green Jaguar Estate, just three days after being advised by her doctors to rest.
Amazingly, the Queen has been seen at Vauxhall over the years, starting with the Cresta PA Friary Estate in the 1960s.
This car came with many modifications to house dogs, a gun rack for shotguns and even a fishing rod holder on the roof.
The Queen has also been seen driving Insignias and Omegas over the years.
Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk said: “Vehicles of the Coronation Year are always popular with our customers, with the Ford Zodiac, Wolseley Apr 44 and Jaguar XK among favorites.
“With the Queen’s Jubilee this summer, there could be a renewed interest in British classics – and the picnics that come with them.
“The next 70 years of the automobile should be fascinating, with the rise of electric motorization, hydrogen fuel possibilities and even autonomous vehicles and AI technology.”