Given that the United Kingdom is gearing up for the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, we at thought we’d have a snoop around some of the royal garages past and present.

Starting with a snoop around Queen Elizabeth’s car collection, we also step back in time to Imperial Russia, meet the race-winning Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, and touch on just a handful of the immense machines owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Of course, there are a few others we mention, but to find out what they are, you’ll have to read the whole story by scrolling down below!

Queen Elizabeth II - United Kingdom (Bentley State Limousine and others)

Queen Elizabeth II Bentley State Limousine
Despite being over 20 years old, this Bentley State Limousine is still used by Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch who inspired this story, so we should start with her, shouldn’t we? Contrary to her “little old lady” image of later years, the UK’s head of state is a bit of a car enthusiast - during World War II, she trained as a mechanic and a truck driver. Since ascending to the throne in 1952, she has also had an enviable amount of cars. Over the years, HRH’s garage has boasted over 30 Land Rovers (including a Range Rover ‘classic’, a latest-gen Range Rover, a brace of Jaguar models, and erm… a golden carriage. Perhaps most interesting of all, is the rather surprised-looking Bentley State Limousine you see above. Just two of these bespoke cars (the other one is black, in-line with state car color tradition) were produced for her Golden Jubilee in 2002 to the cost of £10,000,000. Naturally, the V12-powered State Limousine is blast-resistant, armored, and runs on kevlar-lined, run-flat tyres. Just to remind you that you’re in the presence of the royal car, when HRH is onboard, the Bentley “Flying B” bonnet ornament is replaced by the Queen’s personal mascot of Saint George slaying the dragon.

Tsar Nicholas II - Imperial Russia (Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and others)

Tsar Nicholas II Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
“Terrible policy maker, cracking taste in cars” would be a fair assessment of Tsar Nicholas II

Described as “well intentioned, but weak as water,” Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas Romanov II, is a controversial figure. Whilst Nicholas’ decision making ability is up for debate, the statement that he was a proper petrolhead is not. “Nicky” - as he was called by his cousin King George V - got his first taste of the automobile in 1903 when Prince Vladimir Orlov arrived at the Alexander Palace behind the wheel of “this kerosene thing.” After experiencing himself the joy and pleasure that comes with driving, Nicholas was hooked and so began a lifelong obsession with cars until the Russian Revolution of 1917 forced him into dissolving the Romanov dynasty at the stroke of a pen. Nicholas’ preferred cars were made by French manufacturer, Delauney-Belleville, and Mercedes; a brand which the Tsar loved for their power, build quality, and luxury. Nicholas, after having experienced the glamor and luxury of the Rolls Royce brand on a family visit to the United Kingdom, also purchased the purple 1914 Silver Ghost you see above. In 2015, the car went to auction for a whopping $7.22m USD - a figure Nicholas himself would have been proud of; by 1910, he had 21 cars with a designated driver for each one, and the royal garage was given an annual budget of 126,000 rubles, or $1,260,000 in today’s money!

Emperor Hironomiya Naruhito - Emperor of Japan (Toyota Century)

Emperor Hironomiya Naruhito Toyota Century
To say we are deeply jealous of Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s gorgeous, custom-made Toyota Century convertible would not be a lie
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At Dyler, we’re huge fans of the Toyota Century and after driving one, we decided that this big, gentle, V12-powered Japanese giant is too good for our gaijin ways in the West. Imagine our giddy excitement then, when the Japanese Imperial Household Agency announced that a one-off, four-door convertible version of the third-gen Toyota Century - the Century Royal - would be the parade car for the inauguration of Emperor Naruhito in 2019. The Century Royal would still be handmade like the regular Century. To differentiate it from the “peasant-spec” car, a hand-made, V8-hybrid powered luxury machine costing $180,000 USD, the Century Royal had its wheelbase extended by 35-inches and fitted with higher rear seats to give the public a better view of the Imperial couple. To distinguish the Century Royal further from the standard car, the official ‘Toyota’ and ‘Century’ badges and logos have been replaced by a gold chrysanthemum flower; both the Imperial Seal of Japan and the symbol of the imperial family crest.

Duke of Värmland Prince Carl Philip - Sweden - (Volvo S60 Polestar and others)

Volvo Polestar Duke of Värmland Prince Carl Philip
Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip drove for Volvo Polestar in the Swedish Touring Car and GT championships
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It’s no secret that Sweden is famously isolationist when it comes to its taste in cars, and the Swedish royal family is no different in its automotive preferences - after all, it purchased 35 Volvo XC90 SUVs as transport vehicles for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist back in 2015. Now, as a general rule, any aristocracy loves a pricey, high-risk hobby and there is no more a financially ruinous and risky hobby than motorsport… which is exactly what Prince Carl Philip went and did from 2008 to 2022, and in spite of his detractors, the fourth in-line to Sweden’s throne wasn’t too bad at it! The highpoints in his racing career were whilst driving for Polestar Volvo in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and Swedish GT championships from 2013 to 2020. Whilst driving under the banner of Sweden’s leading car maker, Prince Carl Philip scored a total of three victories, six podiums, and a season-best finish of second in 2017. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince Harry, went and married Meghan Markle.

King Mswati III - Mswati (Rolls Royce Phantom and others)

Rolls Royce Phantom King Mswati III
Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip drove for Volvo Polestar in the Swedish Touring Car and GT championshipsKatie Price would be proud of King Mswati III’s taste in cars
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With 63% of the population living below the poverty line and an unemployment rate of 41%, it’s fair to say that Eswatini - formerly Swaziland - could do with a lot of care and attention from its powers that be. So, instead of getting stuck in to try and fix his peoples’ ills, what did its absolute monarch, King Mswati III, do? You got it! He imported 19 Rolls Royce Phantoms (one of which you see above) and 120 BMWs for him and his 15 wives. The cost? Around £14m. This level of spending wouldn’t normally register when it comes to royal spending habits on car fleets - after all, we’ve already seen that one of Queen Elizabeth II’s Bentley State Limousines cost £10m alone. However, for the average worker from Eswatini, it would take 70 years of constant toil for them to afford Mswati III’s car pool. In the aftermath of the incumbent ruler’s spending spree using money from government coffers, Eswatinian opposition leader, Wandile Dludlu, accused him of “showing the middle finger” to the country’s largely impoverished population.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - Brunei (24k gold Rolls Royce Silver Spur and 4,999 others)

24k gold Rolls Royce Silver Spur Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Brunei
With his 18k gold Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, Hassanal Bolkia can legitimately lay claim to the the title “the Sultan of Bling”
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To say that Hassanal Bolkiah - the Sultan of Brunei - is a car enthusiast is an understatement - after all, it is estimated that he owns 7,000 different automobiles, which have a combined value of $5bn USD! Oh, and if you were wondering, they are all guarded by heavily-armed, sword-wielding Gurkas. Perhaps the most striking car in the Sultan of Bling’s collection is this 24-karat gold plated Rolls Royce Silver Spur limousine, which he bought for his wedding day at the cost of $14m. The collection also boasts some seriously cool vehicles including a Bentley Dominator SUV commissioned by the Sultan himself, four Rolls-Royce Cloudesques also commissioned by him, a one-off gold plated Porsche 959, and a one-in-three Aston Martin V8 Vantage Special Series.

King Felipe VI - Spain (SEAT Ibiza and others)

King Felipe VI Spain SEAT Ibiza
King Felipe’s choice in cars is pretty unflashy, and this gold SEAT Ibiza holds a special place in his heart

King Felipe VI of Spain is one of those non-controversial monarchs. He’s just ‘there’ and that’s what makes him cool. What else makes him cool, is that he owns this - a gold 1986 SEAT Ibiza. Whilst it doesn’t look anything special, this unassuming Spanish supermini has a remarkable backstory. The car was given to Felipe by his dad, former-King Juan Carlos, for his 18th birthday. It also had fuel injection and air-conditioning, two features that were not introduced on the standard Ibiza until 1988. Following Felipe’s ownership, the car appeared to be lost. However, SEAT managed to track it down and restored it to its original glory. The final chapter of this automotive feel good story, is that after 16 years of being apart, the Spanish carmaker returned the fully-restored Ibiza to its original owner. See - ain’t that nice? Alongside the little 152,000km SEAT, King Felipe and his wife Queen Sofía use a Mercedes S-Class for official visits. It has also been reported that both Felipe and Juan Carlos share a mutual love for the Audi RS 6

Pope Francis - Vatican City (Renault 4 and others)

Renault 4 Pope Francis Vatican City
You may think you’re cool, but you’ll never be Pope Francis Bombing Around The Vatican in a Renault 4 Cool
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Whilst not royalty as such, the pope is still the head of state of the Vatican which is why he makes this list. Now, we’re all aware of the Popemobile as the official form of transport favored by His Holiness. Yet given the incumbent Pope Francis is all about frugal living and not flashing the enormous wealth and power that comes with being God’s rep on earth, he uses a 1984 Renault 4 with 300,000km on the clock as his daily to get around Vatican City. In 2013, this simple car was gifted to the supreme pontiff by Italian priest Father Renzo Zocca who supported him in returning the Catholic Church into “a place for the poor and the needy.” The agricultural little Renault is not the only ‘simple’ car favored by Pope Francis; during a visit to South Korea, he chose a locally-made KIA Soul as his form of transport, and has also been spotted rolling around Rome in a second-generation Ford Focus.

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