1Rolls Royce, the first of the saga
The first official vehicle assigned to Isabel was a Rolls Royce Phantom IV in 1950, when she was still a princess. This legendary model, of which only 18 units were manufactured, and enjoyed by some of the main world leaders of the time, was equipped with an eight-cylinder in-line engine and was capable of developing 165 hp. This unit was delivered in green, but in 1953 it was painted with the characteristic burgundy and black tones of the official vehicles of the English royal house.
This model, of which National Heritage has three units, has been used for important events such as the wedding of Carlos and Camilla, that of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle or to attend the opening of the parliamentary year in Westminster.
In 1977, on the occasion of her silver anniversary on the throne, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders of the United Kingdom presented Her Majesty with a new official vehicle, a customized Phantom VI.
Like other models in the royal fleet, this Phantom sported the royal figure of Saint George slaying the dragon instead of the Spirit of Ecstasy when Her Majesty was on board, except when she visited Scotland. On that occasion she exhibited a silver lion in her place. It also had an attachment to hold the queen’s shield and royal standard. Like the entire fleet, it is finished in black and burgundy and as it is an official vehicle, it does not need a license plate.
This unit was used, among other ceremonies, to deliver the bride at the link between Prince William and Kate Middleton that took place in 2011.