Diamond Jubilee state coach
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New royal state carriage celebrates history of the nation

The Queen will travel to the State Opening of Parliament in a new state carriage celebrating hundreds of years of the nation's history.

Fragments of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose, Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree and Westminster Abbey are just some of the priceless artefacts incorporated into the bodywork of the carriage being used by the monarch for the first time.

The handrails inside the Diamond Jubilee state coach are made from Royal Yacht Britannia timber, and a wooden crown covered in gold leaf was carved from oak from Nelson's flagship HMS Victory.

Carriage maker Jim Frecklington tells the story of the Queen's new state coach.

  • 04 Jun 2014
  • From the section UK
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