Here’s Why Queen Elizabeth Was Forced to Abandon Her Signature Ride: the Bentley

Queen Elizabeth was forced to forgo her usual mode of transportation during a recent royal outing, and the story is a somewhat relatable one.

It all started earlier today when the 93-year-old monarch visited the Royal Philatelic Society’s new London headquarters in honor of the organization’s 150th anniversary. Queen Elizabeth arrived at the event in a black Range Rover, which surprised many bystanders.  

You see, the Range Rover isn’t her official ride—her Bentley is. However, Queen Elizabeth ran into a speed bump (literally), which resulted in a last-minute car change.

According to Hello! magazine, the Royal Philatelic Society’s headquarters can only be accessed via a narrow road, which isn’t wide enough to fit the Bentley. (Abchurch Lane is known for its slender size.)

So, Queen Elizabeth left her Bentley at Buckingham Palace and opted for a classic black Range Rover to be safe.  

During the anniversary gathering, Queen Elizabeth was given a tour of the building, which is home to several philatelic artifacts—like King George V’s (the monarch’s grandfather) renowned stamp collection.

The monarch wore a matching teal dress, coat and hat by Angela Kelly. She accessorized the look with layered necklaces, pearl earrings, a blue brooch and handmade loafers by Anello & Davide.

Royals, they’re just like us…except for the whole swapping out a Bentley for a Range Rover thing.


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...