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Old 10-24-2006, 03:36 PM
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:52 PM
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I'm looking at various Royal Palaces don't seem to have a garage or a parking lot.

Where do they keep the Royals' cars?

I know this is a dumb question but I'm trying to make a palace in The Sims 2 and I need to know where the cars go!
I do not know how the other royal houses do, but in the Netherlands there is a Royal Stables Department which not only takes care for the cars and the carriages, but also for the royal busses, royal train, the royal airplanes, etc.

The two main dependances of the Royal Stables Department are on the estate of Noordeinde Palace (The Hague) and Het Loo Palace (Apeldoorn).

Royal Stables, The Hague:
http://historie.denhaag.org/dhe347z.jpg

One of the 30 Volvos type S80 from the Royal Stables. This one bears the standard of Prince Willem-Alexander:
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/dsc?s=o...dsname=minazkh

Queen Beatrix' VIP-bus. Sometimes the Queen uses this bus, which has 25 seats, a bathroom and dressingroom aboard:
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/dsc?s=o...dsname=minazkh

Royal Stables, Apeldoorn:
http://images5.fotopic.net/?iid=yiyf...800&quality=70

An old Minerva (1923) used by Prince Hendrik, Duke of Mecklenburg (grandfather of Queen Beatrix) on the inner court of the Royal Stables, Apeldoorn:
http://images4.fotopic.net/?iid=yewv...796&quality=70
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:59 PM
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The Windsors keep the Bentleys in the car park at the side of the Palace. They're shielded from view by the cars of most employees and whenever I walk past there's a red Post Office van parked there.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:20 AM
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I do not know how the other royal houses do, but in the Netherlands there is a Royal Stables Department which not only takes care for the cars and the carriages, but also for the royal busses, royal train, the royal airplanes, etc.

The two main dependances of the Royal Stables Department are on the estate of Noordeinde Palace (The Hague) and Het Loo Palace (Apeldoorn).

Royal Stables, The Hague:
http://historie.denhaag.org/dhe347z.jpg

One of the 30 Volvos type S80 from the Royal Stables. This one bears the standard of Prince Willem-Alexander:
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/dsc?s=o...dsname=minazkh

Queen Beatrix' VIP-bus. Sometimes the Queen uses this bus, which has 25 seats, a bathroom and dressingroom aboard:
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/dsc?s=o...dsname=minazkh

Royal Stables, Apeldoorn:
http://images5.fotopic.net/?iid=yiyf...800&quality=70

An old Minerva (1923) used by Prince Hendrik, Duke of Mecklenburg (grandfather of Queen Beatrix) on the inner court of the Royal Stables, Apeldoorn:
http://images4.fotopic.net/?iid=yewvlq&outx=796&quality=70
Oh wow. Thanks a lot.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:09 AM
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I have a hard time believing that the money from King Constantine's foundation goes toward the purchase of his cars...I just don't think the idea of his wealthy friends giving him money in exchange for favours would be accpetable to anyone (like other monarchs and European society at large)...
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prince of dubai sheikh rashid bin mohammed al maktoum's car:

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Queen Beatrix in her privat car. I think it is a Ford Focus estate.

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I love that her clothes seems to be the same colour like the car
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As I watched "The Queen", I couldn't believe my eyes as Queen Elizabeth II is featured several times driving her own car, completely alone behind the wheel, no chaffeur or companion whatsoever. Honestly I didn't believe it.

But I was proven wrong. As you can see in Hola magazine's website, she DOES drive, even now that she is 81. Wow. My apologies for the disbelief, Your Majesty!!

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Old 06-25-2007, 02:19 PM
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She trained as a mechanic (and driver?) during the war

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As I watched "The Queen", I couldn't believe my eyes as Queen Elizabeth II is featured several times driving her own car, completely alone behind the wheel, no chaffeur or companion whatsoever. Honestly I didn't believe it.

But I was proven wrong. As you can see in Hola magazine's website, she DOES drive, even now that she is 81. Wow. My apologies for the disbelief, Your Majesty!!

Noticias breves de actualidad
I'd imagine driving is one of her few 'normal' pleasures.
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Old 06-25-2007, 02:58 PM
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Queen Beatrix: loyal to Volvo, her whole life long

The Royal Stables in The Hague has a fleet of about 30 cars for the Queen and the members of the Royal House, by far most of them Volvo, since a few years. Besides these all members of the royal family have their own private cars:
Volvo (Queen Beatrix)
Volvo (Willem-Alexander)
Audi (Máxima)
Porsche (Friso)
Volvo (Constantijn)
Volvo (Laurentien)
Mercedes (Margriet)
Mercedes (Pieter)
Etc.

There are also around 90 other cars (mostly Volvo) for members of the royal household services.

For more than half a century the American brand Ford was favourite at the Netherlands Court, thanks to warm relationships between Prince Bernhard and the Ford family.

But since a few years the Court has switched to Volvo. The reason is not known. Maybe the Royal Stables and/or the Queen were no longer satisfied with the quality or whatever of Ford. Anyway: Volvo still is part of the Ford Motors Company, so the Dutch royals are still 'in the Ford family'.

HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrives at the Concours Hippique in Rotterdam, 1956, with her first car, a birthday present by her father Prince Bernhard.
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HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands leaves her car after a private ride.
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HRH Princess Beatrix and her car in front of the central hexagonal tower of her fairytale private estate 'Drakensteyn' (still in her private property).
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HM Queen Beatrix arrives at the side-wing of Huis ten Bosch Palace where the her private appartments are. She leaves her private car, a Volvo XC90 fourwheeldrive.
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HM Queen Beatrix in one of the Volvo limousines, this is the AA65
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HRH Princess Máxima was driven in this Volvo limousine, this is the AA95 (she is not in it as her standard is not waving while she is inside the building)
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Henri, Do you know if a member of their security detail is usually with the members of the Royal House when they're driving or are they following at a close distance?
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HM Queen Beatrix arrives at the side-wing of Huis ten Bosch Palace where the her private appartments are. She leaves her private car, a Volvo XC90 fourwheeldrive.
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Sorry, I don't want to argue, but it seems to be a Ford Focus (look at the indicator light or the bodywork over the wheel). Perhaps now she has a Volvo, because the picture is from 2003. But believe in me, this is no Volvo. The XC90 is an off-road car and this is a limousine or an estate car.
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HM Queen Beatrix arrives at the side-wing of Huis ten Bosch Palace where the her private appartments are. She leaves her private car, a Volvo XC90 fourwheeldrive.
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Sorry, I don't want to argue, but it seems to be a Ford Focus (look at the indicator light or the bodywork over the wheel). Perhaps now she has a Volvo, because the picture is from 2003. But believe in me, this is no Volvo. The XC90 is an off-road car and this is a limousine or an estate car.
You are right, I was meant to post another picture, I will search for it. According to hollandcourier the Queen drives in a Volvo V70 XC which is a stationwagon with fourwheel drive.

Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima both drive in the Volvo XC90 a terrain vehicle indeed.

The details can be found in this book. From the Minerva in the 1920's to the Volvo of today.

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Henri, Do you know if a member of their security detail is usually with the members of the Royal House when they're driving or are they following at a close distance?
There are always security cars following the most important royals. (= the Queen, the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Margriet,etc.) In public and in private. In the Netherlands and outside the Netherlands. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Thank you. I wonder if the royals have also been instructed in a bit of defensive driving. I'm picturing the Queen in James Bond mode right now.
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Any pictures of Máxima actually driving herself?
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Maxima's car: http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/2...8090666yy2.jpg
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Didn't we have a thread like this before?

Kings of Spain:
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In Mallorca they tend to drive themselves around more often:
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leaving the airport

So which royals have ever been fined for speeding? The first person that comes to mind is Princess Anne But I know there are more.
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i think many royals like driving by them self, but when was the last time we saw Queen Elisabeth drive a car
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i think many royals like driving by them self, but when was the last time we saw Queen Elisabeth drive a car
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