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Inside the Royal Family’s stunning car collection, from Queen’s beloved Range Rovers to Prince Charles’ vintage Aston Martins

Whether by plane, train or car, the royal family always travels in style.

Despite having an army of chauffeurs ready to whiz around to hustle you around, the company has amassed a pretty impressive collection of cars.

The Queen maintains close ties with all British car manufacturers

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The Queen maintains close ties with all British car manufacturersPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

From iconic vintage cars to top-of-the-line sports cars, the Brut is never short of a set of wheels.

The royals are often spotted driving Range Rovers, which have become a family favorite thanks to their ruggedness and endurance.

But like millions of young people across Britain, Prince William began his driving career in a budget compact car, in his case a Ford Focus.

The wide range of cars in their collection makes their modern stock all the more interesting – but of course they’ve stuck with some classics.

We’ve looked at some of the most popular royal cars.

Land Rover

Kate and Wills after a spin in Prince Philip's beloved Land Rover

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Kate and Wills after a spin in Prince Philip’s beloved Land RoverCredit: The Sun

A popular choice for royal travel is the Land Rover, of which the Queen is said to have owned around 30 during her reign.

And her love of four wheel drive was inherited from her relatives as they both enjoy driving in the luxury SUVs.

Her relationship with the major British car brand has lasted for decades, with Her Majesty, Prince Charles, Wills and Harry all being fans.

The company built a bespoke 2002 Defender for the Queen with non-standard leather seats and a huge V8 petrol engine.

Prince Philip’s coffin was even transported by a specially adapted Defender at his funeral in April last year.

Prince Harry and Meghan were also spotted driving around in mini versions of the luxury motor at the Invictus Games.

William and Kate were photographed in a Series III alongside other Land Rovers past and present.

Range Rover

Range Rovers are a staple vehicle in the company's fleet

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Range Rovers are a staple vehicle in the company’s fleetCredit: JON BOND – The Sun

From official business to errands, you can rest assured that a Range Rover is never too far from a king on the move.

The combination of superb comfort, stability and luxury has made it the company’s standard choice.

Kate and Wills are often seen taking their children around in the vehicles, while Prince Andrew is regularly out and about in his new Range Rover Sport Phev.

The green hybrid has tinted windows and a private number plate based on the Duke’s royal title – although it was stripped of its royal patronage earlier this year.

The 4×4 can take him roughly the distance from his home in Windsor to Buckingham Palace to the next load.

Of course, the Queen’s personal “Rangey” is bigger, and arguably better than a standard Range Rover – which is already one of the most capable vehicles you can buy.

The king’s love of nature makes the car an ideal option thanks to its capabilities in difficult terrain.

jaguar

Harry kidnapped his new bride Meghan in a Jaguar E Type at their 2018 wedding

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Harry kidnapped his new bride Meghan in a Jaguar E Type at their 2018 weddingPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Known for its love of the British motor industry, it’s no wonder Jaguar has earned a place in the royal car collection.

The Queen owned a Jaguar X-Type Estate for seven years, which she sometimes used in place of her beloved Defender.

It featured several modifications, such as B. Vents designed to ventilate the vehicle without blowing air directly on the monarch’s face – apparently a bogeyman of hers.

It also had a sliding holder designed to accommodate the Queen’s particular handbag style.

Prince Charles bought Jaguar’s first electric car in 2018, having apparently been inspired by Harry and Meg’s use of the premium vehicle at their wedding.

Harry has been spotted in both coupe and convertible versions of the E-Type and F-Type.

Aston-Martin

On his 21st birthday, the future king received the blue Aston Martin from Her Majesty

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On his 21st birthday, the future king received the blue Aston Martin from Her MajestyPhoto credit: Getty

The jewel in the crown of the royal car collection is full of sentimentality.

Prince Charles’ beloved blue Aston Martin DB6 has never left his side since his mother gave it to him for his 21st birthday.

He modernized the engine in 2008, converting it to run on waste products from agricultural processes in the UK cheese and wine industry.

The hilarious heir apparent also reportedly taped a fake red “eject” button to the dashboard to scare his passengers.

Charles then loaned it to Prince William for his wedding anniversary in 2011 when he kidnapped Kate Middleton in it.

He once said he was “addicted” to his car because it had given him “real joy and pleasure over the years”.

Aston Martins will also hold a special place in the Queen’s heart as she and Philip snapped up a three-litre Lagunda just nine months after her coronation.

Although the couple would ride in the back seat for formal travel, the late Duke of Edinburgh drove them around for fun while getting the radio working.

Bentley

The state limousines were created in honor of the Queen's Golden Jubilee

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The state limousines were created in honor of the Queen’s Golden JubileePhoto credit: AP:Associated Press

Though humble, the Monarch is no stranger to the size of a Bentley.

So much so that the Bentley State Limousines were commissioned by the Royal Household for the Queen’s exclusive use.

The brand made the engines in honor of its Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Modified from the Arnarge, they are longer and taller than the vanilla model and feature matching burgundy and black paintwork.

They also have an armored body and puncture-proof tires, as well as blue flashing lights.

The Queen’s expensive tastes seem to have rubbed off on the royals too, as the family love to shoot in style.

The Duke of York spent an estimated £150,000 on a posh Bentley Flying Spur in 2015.

He’s only racked up 11,500 miles with the opulent engine and flogged it for £94,000 in 2018.

The car retained its preferred Barnato Green livery and was sold with extras such as lambswool blankets, veneered picnic tables and a first-aid kit.

Audi

Will and Kate saw them get into their Audi A7

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Will and Kate saw them get into their Audi A7Photo credit: Getty

Audi has a close relationship with the royals and has made its more expensive models available over the years.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in a new all-electric Audi for the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace.

The zero-emission RS e-tron GT is one of the more expensive electric vehicles on the market, starting at £110,000.

Wills previously drove an understated A7, while his younger brother became more interested in Audi’s sportier models, having driven an Audi S3, Audi RS5 and Audi RS6.

To appear greener, Harry and Meghan have also been spotted in Audi’s all-electric SUV, the e-tron.

The electric vehicle can travel up to 252 miles for a fee and will cost from around £63,000.

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Chris Barrese

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