When Prince William and Kate Middleton start out on the rode of life together as husband and wife on April 29th, the royal romantics will celebrate the beginning of their journey in a 1902 State Landau.
Constructed for the coronation of King Edward VII, the open-top carriage will allow the newlyweds to wave to the throng of well-wishers as they make their way from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
The 109-year-old landau holds a place in the history of the royal family’s love stories. Prince William will be following in his father’s footsteps as he climbs into the horse-drawn carriage which bore his father Prince Charles to St. Paul’s Cathedral for his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The landau also carried Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson through the streets of London after their nuptials at Westminster Abbey in 1986.
Opting for a more modern approach for her arrival at the abbey, Kate Middleton will step out of a Rolls Royce Phantom VI on the day she steps into her new role as a princess. The impending I do’s will not be the first time that the vintage vehicle has made headlines, as the classic car was chosen to transport Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to the theater on the evening of an attack by protesters.
Royal watchers who wish to learn more about the history of royal transportation can visit The Royal Mews:
The following Press Association UK clip offers an up close look at the State Landau: