With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so last (sorry, Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China.
Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars have been produced by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner department, representing the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Her Majesty is no stranger to the Mulliner department – they also built the state limousine which was presented to her in 2002. As you would expect from craftsmen used to designing for Royalty, every detail is immaculate: bespoke gold embroidery on all four headrests, a picnic table in the rear cabin decorated with a gold overlay of a Royal state carriage and subtle paint palette references to the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.
Although its primary purpose was to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition is also a celebration of British craftsmanship.
Mulliner have been building royal transport since the eighteenth century, when they were commissioned to build carriages for the Royal Mail. By the late nineteenth century, they were hand-crafting the coach work for the new ‘‘horseless carriages’’ – cars. They joined forces with Bentley on the bodywork of the famous EXPI and were involved in many of Bentley’s most revolutionary designs. Now known as Bentley Mulliner and wholly-owned by Bentley, they offer a specialist, personal commissioning department for limited edition cars and tailor to individual requests.