The Royal Family & Jaguar: A History Lesson

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From limos to electrics based on classics, the Royals have employed Jaguars into their fleet for decades.

What is the first thing to come to mind when you think of Britain? If you’re on JaguarForums, of course you’ll think of one of the U.K.’s greatest exports. But what about the other great export, the Royal Family? Despite beating them twice in the formation of our country, today, they always have our attention, especially when a Jaguar is involved.

Not too long ago, YouTube channel Urgences Genève shot a video of the Royal Family’s Jaguar XJ limo going into and out of Buckingham Palace, accompanied by a pair of carriages and a fleet of London Police BMW motorcycles. It got us thinking about the relationship between the two entities, which led us to the post you’re reading now.

Queen Elizabeth in Her Jaguar MK VII

According to the Jaguar Heritage Trust, the relationship between the Royal Family and Jaguar began in the 1950s, when the company was pulling out all the stops to convince the Ministry of Supply to increase its allowance of British steel. Not long after winning that battle, the Mark VII arrived to drive up the company’s stock. The car caught the attention of the Queen Mother herself, Queen Elizabeth. Her car, a 1955 model, would be the first of many Jaguars produced for the family.

RA Creamer & Son Jaguar

From 1970 to 2016, Jaguar’s then oldest dealership, R.A. Creamer & Son, supplied the Royals with Jaguars of all sorts for the happiest and saddest of occasions. In return, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles granted the dealer their respective Royal Warrants. Alas, the warrants were returned when R.A. Creamer & Son closed their doors in 2016, due to increasing demands on the part of Jaguar, according to The Telegram. Jaguar Land Rover itself holds all three warrants from the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth II in a Jaguar

One of the vehicles likely supplied by the former dealer was this green X-Type Estate that took her to and from Buckingham Palace between 2009 and 2016, when she sold it.

Also: the Queen is the only one allowed to drive in the United Kingdom without a license; she picked up her driving skills as an ambulance driver in WWII, piloting quite a few Range Rovers, another favorite of the Royal Family. That said, she recently gave up taking the wheel on the advice of her security, following an accident involving her husband in January 2019, per The Sunday Times.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Jaguar E-Type Zero

Speaking of classic Jaguars, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rolled out of their wedding in May of 2018 in an E-Type. It wasn’t just any E-Type, though, but one converted into a fully electric vehicle. The E-Type Zero will soon be available to anyone with around $450,000 to spare, according to Harper’s Bazaar, with the first arriving to their homes in 2020.

Jaguar I-Pace

Prince Charles is no stranger to Jaguar, as he’s always been a big fan of the big cat. His most recent acquisition happens to be an I-Pace in a one-off color dubbed Loire Blue, per British research company Motoring Research The electric Jaguar fits into the prince’s green vision, having been devoted to the environment for years.

Princess Diana Jaguar XJ-SC

The late Diana, Princess of Wales, caught the Jaguar bug herself. In her life, she drove this special XJ-SC. Per Motoring Research, while most SCs were two-seater soft-tops, hers had a rear seat for her two sons, while her bodyguard took shotgun. The car landed in the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust in 1991 in exchange for a charity contribution.

1955 Jaguar Mark VII M Saloon HM Queen Mother's Car 464 HYV

There’s nothing more British than the Royal Family rolling around their kingdom in a Jaguar. And while the sun has set on their empire, may it never set upon their love for the big cat.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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