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Will this be the royal carriage Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will use on their wedding day?

For anyone travelling to Windsor on 19 May to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, your best shot at getting a glimpse of the happy couple will be as they take on a carriage procession through the town.

The Royal Family owns some pretty impressive carriages which The Queen has given her permission to use, so which one will the newlyweds make jaunt around the town in?

1902 State Landau

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A likely choice would be the 1902 State Landau. The wooden carriage with a black exterior and gold trim finished with a red interior was not only used for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding but also Prince Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The open-topped carriage was commisioned for King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902. Considering it has an open-top, it would make Harry and Meghan visible to the crowds but not so great if it rains!


Gold State Coach

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Nothing has pomp like the Gold State Coach. As its name suggests, the gilded gold coach it covered in gold cherubs and upholstered in satin and velvet.

It took an extra year to build because of all the detail and was originally built for King George III’s coronation and wedding in 1761.

Considering Meghan’s personal style is pretty laid back this is an unlikely choice. That and it is rarely brought out, the last time Queen Elizabeth used it was in 2002 for her Golden Jubilee.


Semi-State Landau

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Prince Harry showed up in style to his brother’s wedding in 2011 surrounded the youngest members of the wedding party. Queen Victoria had the open-top carriage made for her Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service in 1897.

Scottish State Coach

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Originally called the Cambridge Coach, the Duke of Cambridge of 1830 had the Scottish State Coach built but was then used for the coronation of King William IV the next year.

After a remodel in 1968-69, The Queen asked for it to represent Scotland and so it was renamed. Scotland’s highest order of chivalry, the Order of the Thistle is no visible and more windows were added.

Queen Elizabeth often uses this coach for the state opening of Parliament and used it for Prince William’s wedding.


Irish State Coach

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Another coach used for the state opening of Parliament is the Irish State Coach.

Queen Victoria came into possession of the coach a few years after it was built in 1851.

In 1911, the coach burned down right to its frame but was rebuilt and designed to be pulled by either two or four horse.


Australian State Coach

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A gift to Queen Elizabeth on 8 May 1988 from Australia to mark their 200th anniversary.

It was designed by Jim Frecklington, who eventually went on to design the Diamond Jubilee State Coach. The more modern coach features shocks to combat those bumpy rides, heating and electric windows.

The coach carried Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Carole and Michael Middleton to William and Kate’s wedding.

The Glass Coach

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Nothing says ‘Cinderella’ like the Glass Coach.

Built in 1881 and used for King George V’s coronation in 1911, the coach was a backup for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should it have rained during their wedding and will likely play the same roll for Harry and Meghan.

In the past, the Glass Coach has carried the bride to the church, but in 2011 Kate decided to go her own route and arrive in a Phantom VI Rolls-Royce.


The Diamond Jubilee State Coach

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The second coach designed by Jim Frecklington costs just over £3.2 million and was built for the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth ascending the throne.

The coach features 24 diamonds, 130 sapphires and 400 books of gold leaf were used for what takes six horses to pull.

Repurposed wood from HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship, was used by the crown on the top of the carriage. A piece of the Stone of Destiny, parts of King Henry VIII’s flagship and a fragment of Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree were also worked in.


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