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The Royal Treatment: Bentley Motors to Celebrate Coronation Festival With the Queen

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author photo by Josh Sadlier June 2013
  • Bentley will be a featured sponsor of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Festival Gala.
  • The Gala honors the 60th anniversary of the Queen's ascension to the throne.
  • A handful of illustrious Bentley cars will be on display, such as the new 2014 Continental GT Speed Convertible.

God save the Queen ... and her Bentley? That's not quite how the song goes, but there's no doubt Queen Elizabeth II and Bentley Motors have a special relationship. The Queen's official State Limousine was hand-built by Bentley, you see, and now the legendary Crewe-based automaker has announced it will be intimately involved in the upcoming 60th anniversary of Elizabeth's coronation.

Specifically, Bentley will help sponsor the Coronation Festival Gala, a grand event at Buckingham Palace Gardens that celebrates Britain's commercial successes during the Queen's reign, from pop-culture icons such as James Bond to multinational corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline. Bentley's presence will be highlighted by a display of notable Bentley vehicles past and present, including the new 202-miles-per-hour Continental GT Speed Convertible, the current Mulsanne sedan and the classic R-Type Continental, which dates back to the original coronation 60 years ago.

The Bentley exhibition also will give attendees a rare window into how Bentley makes cars. An educational installment will detail the company's unique combination of traditional hand-craftsmanship and hyper modern production techniques.

Music will be provided by both contemporary British pop stars and some of the country's most prominent classical artists. The English National Ballet will be on hand to entertain, as well.

There will be three Coronation Festival Gala performances from July 11 to 13. The first evening is an invitation-only affair, but tickets to the second and third were publicly available -- and quickly sold out.

What it means to you: Although Bentley Motors is now owned by the Volkswagen Group, its British roots clearly still run deep.

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