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Queen debuts new state coach ahead of parliament speech

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:25

June 4 - The final Queen's Speech before the 2015 UK General Election sees the Britain's Elizabeth II parade a new state coach for her Diamond Jubilee en route to parliament. Tara Cleary reports.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II departs Buckingham Palace in her brand new carriage, en route to parliament. The coach cost £2.7 million British pounds or around four and a half million U.S. dollars and was built especially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The structure also includes almost one thousand years of British history according to the man who designed the carriage, Jim Frecklington. SOUNDBITE: Jim Frecklington, Diamond Jubilee State Coach designer, saying (English): "I've been able to find timber from many great buildings, great ships, great aircraft, and also I've been able to incorporate items from many of the great people that have made Britain what it is today." The coach's crown is made from Lord Nelson's ship, the Victory and wood from landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, and Windsor Castle were shaped into small varnished squares, which decorate the interior walls and door panels. SOUNDBITE: Jim Frecklington, Diamond Jubilee State Coach designer, saying (English): "Also I do actually have parts of aircraft such as Spitfires, Hurricanes, as well as the Lancaster bombers that took part in the 'Dambuster raid'." Weighing over three tones and built by Frecklington in his Australian workshop, the five and a half meter-long carriage is only the second state coach to be built in more than 100 years. The Queen has not yet shared what her thoughts are about the carriage, but it did transport her safely to the House of Commons on its maiden trip.

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Queen debuts new state coach ahead of parliament speech

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:25