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Bentley Motors
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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.


For further information about this press release please contact:

Richard Durbin – UK Public Relations Manager
Tel   + 44 1270 535 043
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Notes to editors

  1. In the first quarter of 2013, Bentley’s deliveries to customers increased by 25.75% to 2,212 cars.  The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region with 632 cars delivered to customers in the region, up 35.04% on Q1 2012.  In Europe, deliveries grew by 61.84% with 335 cars delivered to customers. In the UK, 371 cars were delivered to customers, a 59.23% increase on the first quarter of 2012.  In China 474 cars were delivered to customers, a 17.99% decrease which reflects anticipation of the new Flying Spur, the top selling Bentley in China, which becomes available from mid-2013 onwards. The Middle East region performed extremely well with deliveries up 41.07% to 237 cars. Asia Pacific also had an outstanding quarter, increasing its deliveries by 68.12% to 116 cars and Japan saw growth of 30.56% with 47 deliveries.
  2. Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £1bn worth of goods in 2012.  The company is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.
  3. The Coronation Festival is open to members of the public from Friday 12th to Sunday14th July and 60,000 visitors are expected to attend. There will be a Royal Preview on Thursday, 11th July for invited guests, including Members of the Royal Family, charities, patronages, media, armed forces, inward investors and overseas trade missions, and guests of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Royal Household. In the evening, the Gardens will host a magnificent performance of music and dance: the Coronation Gala will celebrate cultural life during the reign of Her Majesty, showcasing the achievements and personality of this extraordinary age. For further information about the event please go to
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Bentley at the Coronation Festival in Buckingham Palace Gardens