The £620K gold inlaid carriage to join the Royal Family
This gold inlaid state carriage might be the one to receive the honor of taking Prince William and Prince Harry to their weddings. Moreover, it will be the second carriage in the last 100 years to be a part of the Royal Family. Priced at a whopping £620,000, this carriage is a gift from Australia to the Queen. The state coach Britannia speaks luxury from every angle and to add to the statement, designers claim that this carriage has more gold than any other vehicle made in Britain for around 200 years. This gold carriage, which was custom-made by Jim Frecklington for Mr. Rudd’s predecessor John Howard, has been completed in two years. The Duke of Edinburgh, a famous carriage driver, supervised the project. The two door handles, made by a specialist jeweler in New Zealand, are festooned with 24 diamonds and 130 sapphires. At 20ft long and 11ft high, the coach weighs 2.75 tons. Mr Frecklington said…
It is money well spent and good value – if we have a royal family for another 200 or 300 years, this is the coach that they would use.
The gold carriage incorporates a time capsule with elements of British history, including material from a Lancaster bomber. Other features include a metal from a musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo and wood from the Victory, which characterize the Royal Navy. The carriage also has wood from cathedrals – St Paul’s, Canterbury, Wells and York and segments from Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, the Mayflower, the Queen Mary and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
This gold inlaid carriage will be transported from Sydney harbor to the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in the next few weeks.