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The Unexpected Car Taking Queen Elizabeth To Her Funeral
By ALEX HEVESY
After Queen Elizabeth II’s death, most thought that the hearse leading her procession through Scotland would be something quintessentially British, like a Bentley, Range Rover, Jaguar, or Rolls-Royce — marques which have featured multiple times in her own private collection. However, surprisingly, the queen was actually carried in a modified Mercedes E-Class.
It's no secret the Queen loved Scotland, and it was only fitting for an Edinburgh-built hearse to carry her casket. Custom built by Binz International, and supplied to William Purve Funeral Directors of Scotland, the late monarch’s hearse was decked out in a somber black color — which acted as a mute livery for the solemnity of the occasion.
Given her fondness for cars, it was quite appropriate for Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey to take place in a unique vehicle. At one point, in fact, the late queen actually owned the world's second most expensive car — a custom Bentley that was built to withstand bomb blasts and gas attacks, which also featured special doors, a cabin built for visibility, and upholstered reclining seats.