ME AND MY MOTORCADE: no. 20
The royal wheels
UK [ELIZABETH II]
Ever since she pulled up to Westminster Abbey for her 1952 coronation in a four-tonne, eight-horse-drawn gilded carriage, Queen Elizabeth II has had a keen sense of occasion.
However, growing up in wartime Britain also helped ration thoughts of excess: she’s just as happy behind the wheel of a 4x4 rambling round the grounds of her Scottish home Balmoral (Princess Elizabeth got her driving licence in 1945) as she is in one of the eight state limousines. Keen to paint a picture of modesty…