Historical components used for the Queens new wheels
The Queen’s new wheels was made from bits of some of the country’s most historic objects such as slivers of the stone of destiny, Isaac Newton’s apple tree, Nelson’s ship and Dambuste, to wood from 10 Downing Street.
Some of the nation’s most precious artifacts have a historic new home as part of the Queen’s new state coach. The Queen’s new wheels is called a living time capsule and the Queen travelled in it for the first time to the ceremonial opening of Parliament.
Components of the Queens new wheels identified
Mary Rose was a warship that belonged to Henry VII. Pieces of the ship was built into the new carriage, as well as fragments from Sir Isaac Newton’s historic apple tree. Other historical artifacts used are splinters of the stone of destiny, wood from the door of 10 Downing Street, and timber from the Tower of London.
The Queens new wheels are only the second state carriage for the Royal family in 100 years. Even the handrails inside the Diamond Jubilee state coach are made from wooden decking which used to be fitted on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
A piece of oak from Nelson’s battleship HMS Victory was used to carve a wooden crown and is enclosed in delicate gold leaf to form the center-piece of the adornments of the roof.
The coach also holds materials from a Lancaster bomber which once flew with the 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, metal from a musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo to represent the Army, wood from cathedrals including St Paul’s, Canterbury, Wells and York. Items relating to naturalist Charles Darwin, polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary are all part of the Queens new wheels.
Who had a hand in the Queens new wheels?
The coach has four lamps weighing 55lbs (25 kg) each. The crystal was hand-blown and cut by Edinburgh Crystal. A specialist jeweller in New Zealand made the two door handles, which are individually decorated with 24 diamonds and 130 sapphires.
An ex student of the Royal Mews, Australian Jim Frecklington, created the symbolic coach. He built most of the carriage over the last decade in his workshop in Manly, Sydney.
Mr Frecklington said: “I wanted to create something very special to mark the Queen’s reign. Our present Queen will go down in history as one of the greatest monarchs that’s ever lived and I thought something very special should be produced.”
Special it is indeed!
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