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Old 06-25-2007, 03:16 PM
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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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Old 06-25-2007, 04:19 PM
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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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Old 06-25-2007, 04:24 PM
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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.

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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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Old 06-26-2007, 04:23 AM
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Any pictures of Máxima actually driving herself?
Maxima's car: http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/2...8090666yy2.jpg
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:50 AM
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Didn't we have a thread like this before?

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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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Old 06-26-2007, 10:05 AM
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Oj, can she really see over the stearing weel
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She looks a lot like her mother in this pic. She hardly can watch what's going on on the street Don't think she drives on the motorways.
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Queen Rania and King Abdullah have often been photographed driving themselves. Queen Rania in particular has been seen driving herself to official functions.
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Does anybody know very much about the cars used by the British Royal Family? I know the PoW household has a collection of Audi A6 estates and Charles has an Audi A8 and a Jag, and privately he also owns an old Aston DB5. What about the rest of the family? Is there a thread where this is covered?
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:20 AM
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Thank you for the pictures of Diana at the wheel. I wondered if anybody had more recent prictures of other members of the royal family?
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:22 AM
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:13 PM
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I always admired Elizabeth II, but I've never known this part of her personnality..She also can drive!!! :w00t2:

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Old 07-02-2007, 08:38 PM
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Does anybody know very much about the cars used by the British Royal Family? I know the PoW household has a collection of Audi A6 estates and Charles has an Audi A8 and a Jag, and privately he also owns an old Aston DB5. What about the rest of the family? Is there a thread where this is covered?
The British Royal Family always had British cars - Jaguars, Bentleys, Landrovers / Range Rovers etc .. Princess Diana caused controversy when she started driving an Audi Convertible but since then the rules seem to have slackened somewhat ... Wills had a Volkswagen Golf & now drives an Audi, Harry had an Audi A3 - not sure what he drives now. Prince Charles usually in Jaguars & has vinatge Aston Martins & the Queen has a special custom built Bentley & around Windsor at Polo she's often seen driving herself in a Jaguar. Usually when Harry / Wills chauffeured it's Range Rovers & the Royal Protection Squad usually always in Range Rovers ... Around Windsor / Balmoral they have a huge fleet of Landrovers / Discoveries / Range Rovers & are often seen driving them - especially Prince Phillip ... & of course Zara P is sponsored by Landrover so got given a free Range Rover Sport & Landrover.

Forgot to say - The Queen doesn't drive on public roads ... only around her estates - In Windsor she can go for miles & miles without leaving her land, likewise in Balmoral ... When Wills & Harry out driving though, they're never alone - always Range Rovers on their tale obviously security is paramount - you often see them around Park Lane area / Brompton Rd
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:44 AM
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Thanks very much. I also think the rules re royals and Bristh cars have slackened because there aren´t that many cars made in the UK by "British" manufacturers any more.I thinkthe largest manufacturer of cars in the UK now is Honda.
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