• Mar 28, 2011
1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI – Click above for full gallery of the royal wedding's transportation

When Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot on April 29, the bride will ride to Westminster Abbey in a 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that student protesters attacked on December 9. The car, carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at the time, suffered a broken window and new two-tone paint job. Follow the jump for some video footage of how the attack went down.

According to Alex Garty, the transport manager at Buckingham Palace, the car is being repaired as we speak and will be ready for the April 29 nuptials. Garty says the car is getting a quick freshening while it's being repaired, just to make sure it's looking its best for the royal bride.

Once the knot has been tied, William and Kate will proceed back to Buckingham Palace in an open-top 1902 State Landau carriage, provided it isn't raining. The same State Landau also took Prince Charles to St. Paul's Cathedral for his 1981 wedding to Princess Diana.

If the weather doesn't cooperate, the royal couple will ride in an 1881 Glass Coach, which is usually the vehicle of choice for royal brides to get to the church.

[Source: YouTube via Yahoo, Hello Magazine]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't forget, this is a custom built car intended for state use, hence the high roof and large glass area to allow visibility. Ordinary Phantoms for public sale were more conventional and look very different.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you think those windows could take a .50 cal round?

      How bout the horses?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Much as I despise them, I wouldn't wish the Brutish royals dead.

        They're more fun alive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice classic Rolls.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't believe that's a '77 Phantom VI. My neighbor had a '73 and the body was completely different. This vehicle looks more '60s or even '50s. Look how small the tires are and how far away they are from the fenders. The trunk looks older too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is a 77 Phantom VI presented to the Queen as a Jubilee gift by British Industry Association. It was used by her and then given to Prince Charles when the Queen received the two Bentleys.
        It is built on the standard Phantom chassis with a body by HJ Mulliner-Park Ward with increased greenhouse to make the Queen more visible and to make it easier to enter and leave.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I read somewhere that the suspension on old carriages leaves a lot to be desired, and that a person riding in the carriage can get motion sickness from the swaying and the bouncing. Maybe that's why Kate is riding in a car to Westminster Abbey.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's the Coronation coach made for George III in 1760. It was complained about from the very beginning and was uncomfortable by the standards of it's own time, but it weighs tons and was only intended for ceremonial use. It is also strap hung, which doesn't help. More modern carriages, from the later eighteenth century onwards, are suspended on leaf springs and can be very comfortable indeed, in fact early cars were terribly hard riding by comparison. The state coach and landau being mooted are both relatively new, dating from the 1880s at the earliest, and probably perfectly comfortable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      jason

      Did violence and vandalism help George Washington + his gang make their point to the
      Red Coats and free you from these inbred royals?

      History is written by the winners so George and the boys became patriotic freedom fighters and fathers of a nation instead of "ignorant crazy people" .

      I am totally against violence in generally peaceful societies but I am also against the grotesquely excessive power exercised over us by elites of aristocracy or wealth.



        • 3 Years Ago
        The rioting British punks aren't fighting for freedom, representative gov't, and lower taxes... they're just a bunch of useless fecks looking for a bigger check from the gov't...
      • 3 Years Ago
      At this point the royal family is just a matter of public image and tradition. GB has the worlds oldest surviving monarchy, even though it has no real political clout.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Queen has IMMENSE political clout. She does not have to worry about potholes or balancing budgets. Her power is more subtle but she sits on the apex of British power establishment and it is not wise to oppose her. She is on her 12th or 13th Prime Minister. But this is totally off topic.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Monarchy helps decide the Prime Minister, so I'd have to disagree - that's a pretty big part of the government that she takes part in, indirectly anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should have took an armored all electric Phantom.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish I could be wealthy and worshipped just because I had the correct last name.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang! How big was that bird?
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