Here is more about the Bentley state car that will form part of the procession making its way to St George’s Chapel for Prince Philip’s funeral.

The Queen will arrive at the chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle in a Bentley State Limousine behind a Land Rover hearse carrying the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin.

Due to Covid restrictions, only thirty guests will be in attendance at Prince Philip’s funeral, with the Queen having to sit by herself in the chapel to maintain social distancing.

So, why will she arrive in a Bentley? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Why is the Queen arriving in a State Bentley?

The State Bentley was presented to Her Majesty in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee.

Founded in 1919, Bentley has a close connection with the Royal Family, with the car manufacturer promising the Queen their first ever Bentley Bentayga when it launched in 2015.

The limousine used in Philip’s funeral was specifically designed for the Royal Family, and is only one of two ever built.

Both cars are stored in the Royal Mews which is the family’s collection of stables near Buckingham Palace.

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What makes the car so special?

The car boasts a range of unique features including armoured bodywork and glass, as well as Kevlar reinforced tyres to protect the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on official visits.

The model is 83cm longer than a standard Bentley Arnage, 25.5cm taller, and 6.8cm wider. 

It comes with a 6.75-litre V8 engine to produce 400bhp and a top speed of 130mph. However, according to the BBC it will travel at walking pace during the funeral.

The Bentley also has a mount on its roof, including the illuminated coat-of-arms and a pennant, which usually features the Royal Standard on official trips.

The upholstery is made out of lambswool sateen cloth and even has a rear-door design that allows the Queen to stand up straight before leaving the vehicle.

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How much does it cost?

According to Vanarama, the Bentley State Limousine is the Queen’s most expensive car.

The 2002 model is valued at £10,000,000.

The Queen’s second most expensive car is an Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which she bought for Prince Charles’ 21st birthday.

The 1956 car, which runs completely on wine after being converted from petrol to bioethanol, is valued at £1,000,000.

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