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TN's Totally Gratuitous Royal Wedding Post

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 03:19 PM

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Yes, you'll be in Times Square by 5am Friday to watch the wedding proceedings live via Jumbotron. You've read that the 1,900 guests might be downing something called "blancmange shooters." You know that Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are 15th cousins. You fret whether the millions of people livestreaming the wedding could break the internet.

But followers of transportation news have been wondering: just how will the royal couple get to Westminster Abbey?

Kate Middleton's ride: a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI (by Lars-Göran Lindgren via Wikimedia Commons)

Wait no more. From the latest Royal Wedding briefing document:

"Miss Middleton and Prince William will travel separately to the wedding service using State Cars from the Royal Mews.  Miss Middleton will travel in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father. The Rolls Royce was presented to The Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders."

Prince William will ride in state Bentley (by S. Foskett via Wikimedia Commons)

"Prince William will travel in a Bentley, accompanied by Prince Harry. The State Bentleys have been uniquely designed enabling greater use to be made of the vehicle’s interior space. The Bentleys are 6.22 metres long and, at 3.84 meters, their wheelbase is 1.3 metres longer than that of an average family sized saloon.

State cars are painted in Royal claret livery. The Rolls-Royces and Bentleys do not have registration number plates, since they are State vehicles. On processional occasions, the State cars travel at around nine miles per hour, and sometimes as slow as three miles per hour."

More information about all things Royal Wedding -- including the breeds of horses used in the procession, as well as mention of the Glass Coach -- can be found at the official wedding website.

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