Probably the only time a Bentley Mulsanne could come off as somewhat ordinary is when it shares a driveway with the Bentley State Limousine built for Queen Victoria. That's exactly what's going to happen during the Coronation Festival happening in the Buckingham Palace Gardens from July 11-14, where Bentley will show both cars and more.
Outside of the sedans and a few others Bentley is bringing to the festival, the brand from Crewe will provide a glimpse at what goes in them. An outdoor display of "bespoke" craftsmanship will have specialists from the factory demonstrating how to cross-stitch a steering wheel and how to make cross-banded veneers.

There's a press release below with more information, and the queen's car show awaits you later this week.

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- Unique opportunity to view Royal Bentley in Buckingham Palace Gardens
- Craftsmen and designers show world-class skills at 'open air' workshop
- Mulsanne flagship takes centre stage in Bentley exhibition

(Crewe, England. 5 July 2013) Visitors to the Coronation Festival (11-14 July) will be able to enjoy the rare opportunity to see one of the most recognisable and elegant cars in the world, Her Majesty The Queen's State Limousine.

This unique Bentley, presented to The Queen in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne, will be the centrepiece of a collection of Bentleys on display in Buckingham Palace Gardens throughout the celebrations.

"Whilst the State Limousine is known to millions of people across the world, the Coronation Festival will offer a superb opportunity for visitors to take their time to walk around the car and get closer than usually possible. Her Majesty and The Royal Household have kindly made the car available for the occasion," comments Richard Charlesworth, Bentley's Director of Royal and VIP Relations.

Bentley's craftsmen, designers and engineers (in partnership with several leading British automotive specialists) started work on 'Project Diamond' in 2000 with the clear objective of creating a truly elegant car suitable for every type of Royal occasion.

The State Limousine is designed to ensure as many well-wishers as possible have the opportunity to see The Queen and Bentley created a 'panoramic glasshouse' as well as making the vehicle far higher than any other car. Additionally, the rear seat position was determined using a model of the same height as The Queen and the doors are hinged at the rear and open through 90 degrees to enable Her Majesty to almost walk out of the car.

As well as presenting the State Limousine, Bentley's craftsmen and designers will be offering live displays of some of the skills that provide every car that leaves the Crewe factory with a hand-built, bespoke feel.

The 'open air workshop' will show guests the mix of hand-to-eye coordination, skill and attention to detail needed to create Bentley's luxury car models. For example, the team will be demonstrating how to contrast stitch a steering wheel or apply a crossband design to a wood veneer.

A final highlight from Bentley will be the presence of the company's flagship model; the Mulsanne. Blending refinement and performance with luxury features and technology, the Mulsanne offers the greatest of grand touring experiences. The car takes nearly 400 hours to create (with 200 hours dedicated to crafting the luxurious interior) and nearly 120 exterior colours are available as standard as well as 24 leather colours. The steering wheel alone requires ten feet of thread and 620 stitches to complete.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      At least they didn't call the car a Crown Victoria...
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      who designed this? chris bangle?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        A drunk Chris Bangle who is suffering from a worst bout of constipation.
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      Please fix this painfully glaring mistake. Even reading the press release, there is no mention whatsoever of Queen Victoria.
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        Seeing that Queen Victoria has been dead for over a century, I dont imagine you would want her to be seen in anything other than a closed hearse.
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      Queen Victoria?!?!?!? How embarrassing, does anyone proof read anything anymore. The reigning British Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II and has been since 1952z
        • 2 Years Ago
        Queen Victoria reigned over Britain from 1837 to 1901 Over 100 years ago!!!
      Soccer Mom
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      BTW, wasn't Queen Victoria's limo modeled after the limos of King James and King Henry VIII? I believe, even the horsepower numbers remained roughly the same.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back in Queen Victoria's era, "horsepower" literally meant the number of horses hooked to your carriage...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Queen Victoria? Wasn't her last vehicle horse drawn?
        • 2 Years Ago
        There is a thing called Google, Jonathon should consider using it. Wow!
      lisa l argel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't want to bump our heads now would we?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surely you mean Elizabeth II...
      Tim Dawes
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      lol does autoblog really not know who the queen of england is? it says the car was built in 2002 for the queen which would make it elizabeth and not victoria?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tim Dawes
        +1. Victoria was last on the throne over 100 years ago. :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      When Bentley was founded in 1919 Queen Victoria had been dead for almost 2 decades. Her descendants used Daimlers and only Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch began using Rolls-Royce when she ordered a Phantom IV while still a princess. What is this silly story exactly about?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Queen Victoria? Who wrote this article? I bet Queen Elizabeth would be surprised.
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