It has been announced that a Rolls-Royce from the Queen’s fleet, similar to the one used by the Duchess of Sussex at her wedding to Prince Harry in May, will be sold by Bonham’s auctioneers within a collection of eight “High Importance” Rolls-Royce cars at an auction at Goodwood in September.
The 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette is one of only eighteen manufactured and carries an auction estimate of between £1m and £1.5m.
Also included in the auction are a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine from 1979, and a 1985 Rolls-Royce “Centenary” Silver Spur Saloon, many members of the Royal family have used these vehicles including the late Princess Diana.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been seen in this or a similar vehicle many times since the 1950’s.
The design included high-seats and large windows, as well as a Perspex panel for extra light so that the public may have the best view possible of the Queen as she is driven past. This was probably the reason why the decision was made to use this vehicle to bring Meghan Markle from her overnight accommodation at Cliveden to the wedding at St George’s Chapel, so the public could have a good view of her mother, her and that dress.
Though it is understood that neither of the vehicles contains a mini-bar which was an addition the late Princess Margaret had in hers.
The public does have a chance to see vehicles in the Royal fleet which are housed in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle occasionally, apart from those occasions of course when they are used by members of the Royal Family.
Information on this will be on the Royal Collections Trust website, there is also the chance currently to see a 1960 High Roof Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine which has been used many times by the Queen and Prince Philip on State Occasions next to where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored in Edinburgh. Keep your eyes on the Royal Central website for details of how much the Rolls-Royce makes at auction.