Bentley Offers Special Way To Honor Queen's Jubilee
Bentley and its decidedly upscale customers in Beijing celebrated the Queen Elizabeth's birthday and her Diamond Jubilee year at the gala opening of one of the world’s largest Bentley dealerships - a new landmark in the cosmopolitan Sanlitun district. To mark the occasion, Bentley unveiled the first example of its Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition.
According to a Bentley news release, the car is designed by the craftsmen and women of Bentley’s Mulliner division, the creators of the State Limousine presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. Just 60 examples (naturally) of the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition have been created with each car representing a year of Her Majesty’s reign. (Don't give me the 1997 edition – that's when Princess Diana died, which wasn't one of the Queen's shining moments.)
These special Bentleys are distinguished by a range of exquisite, handcrafted features paying tribute to the Jubilee. These include bespoke embroidery to all four headrests using gold stitching, veneered picnic tables in the rear cabin decorated with a gold overlay depicting a royal carriage used for great occasions of state as well as luxurious, hide cushions featuring the same motif.
Sure, it calls to mind special commemorative plates and other knick knacks, but with a much higher price tag. Plus, here's a little known fact. Those luxurious hides used in Bentleys are from specially pampered cattle who live in climates with no mosquitos (so bug bites don't disfigure the hides) and they are free range because it just wouldn't do for a Bentley bovine to have fence marks on them.
True to the Mulliner tradition, the Diamond Jubilee Edition cars feature a spectrum of paint and hide colors that sets them apart from other Bentleys and which uses various combinations and shades of red, white and blue (the colors of the Union Flag) to underscore the British connection. Hand-applied Single Fine Lines – using these same three colors – provide an elegant finishing touch as do two distinctive Bentley ‘B’ badges positioned on each ‘D’ pillar.