The Royal family are known for their love and support of great British marques, one of which is the Jaguar motor car, some of which have had a long history with the royals. When I opted for the British made Jaguar XJ6, 4.0 litre in bright British racing green classic color, little did I know that I would have a piece of history.
Queen Elizabeth II owned a British Racing Green Jaguar XJ Daimler V8 Super LWB, which she used for transport within Windsor castle as well as to and from Buckingham palace. As one would expect from her majesty, this vehicle was far from standard, in addition to security lighting throughout the vehicle exterior the car also had a bespoke control panel that replaced the ash tray.
Specifically built for the British monarch and designed to satisfy all her needs, the interior was as suited as possible to her majesty. For instance, the centre armrest was extendable to fit the Queen’s handbag when in the vehicle. Queen Elizabeth II owned the Jaguar XJ 375bhp Supercharged V8 between 2001 and 2004.
For over half a century, the Jaguar XJ has remained a byword for refinement. Providing slick aesthetics with svelte yet aggressive styling, paired with enough engine power to shame any automotive rival, each generation of the marque’s flagship model has set the benchmark by which all other luxury brands are judged.
Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II (1926 -2022), the airwaves have been inundated with multiple perspectives of her life, her rides being just a fraction. For every moment I spend in my XJ, I’ll always remember that it was once the Queens favorite.
Tosan Aduayi writes from Mansfield, Texas – firstname.lastname@example.org
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