LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: US President Joe Biden arrives for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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President Biden Had A Familiar Ride For The Queen's Funeral
Among the numerous state vehicles delivering dignitaries and heads of state to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19 was President Joe Biden's Presidential Cadillac limousine — also known as "The Beast." While members of the royal family were carried around in a fleet of Bentleys, Jaguars, Land Rovers, and Rolls-Royces, the United States Commander-in-Chief definitely stood out with his ride.
President Biden's limousine is famous for sharing more characteristics with a military vehicle than your average Caddy and is rumored to be able to withstand explosions, grenades, chemical attacks, and all manner of small-arms fire. The Beast is also, apparently, based on the GMC Topkick platform, a chassis originally intended for heavy-duty vehicles.
President Biden was given special permission to use his own limo during his visit, likely making him the most well-protected individual at the event aside from the royal family themselves. Given the vehicle's extremely specialized nature, armored plating, and Biden's love for all things General Motors, it only makes sense that the President decided to eschew local travel accommodations.