The Diamond Jubilee State Coach is in celebration of the Queen’s 62 years on the throne. It weighs 3 tonnes and measures 5.5 meters in length. It requires 6 horses to draw its carriage. Wrapped with 400 books of decorative gold leaves, this new coach has been financed entirely by the Australian government via grants and personal loans.
This luxurious State Coach is a museum on wheels. It consists of over a 100 pieces of British history incorporated in its exteriors and interiors. These includes fragments from Henry VIII’s warship – Mary Rose, Lord Nelson’s ship – Victory besides a piece of wood from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Wood from the Royal Yacht Britannia also features in it.
The coach is a piece of history but contemporary where comforts and design are concerned. Fitted with electric windows and heaters, the coach receives six hydraulic stabilizers for a smoother ride. Two door handles are created by a jeweller in New Zealand. Each of these are individually decorated with 24 diamonds and 130 sapphires.
This exclusive gold leafed coach will rub shoulders with some coaches dating back to the 18th century in the Royal Garage. These include the Gold State Coach of 1762 and the Scottish State Coach of 1830.
Building of this coach, measuring 18 ft in length and 11 ft in height is reported to have involved expenditure of $4.5 million while if sold, could fetch twice this price. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach will go on public display from June 15 at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.