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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…

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