Queen Elizabeth II drove herself around in her Range Rover
With a Labrador ornament on the bonnet!
When thinking of the UK, a few things spring to mind such as Top Gear, the 2012 Olympic Games, Boris Johnson, Her Majesty the Queen, and brilliant music. You would think that the Queen would be driven around in the back of a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Range Rover or Jaguar. But until very recently, she drove herself in her own Range Rover.
Most high level officials in any country like a President, Prime Minister, any head of state for that fact will be driven about, mainly for security and they will be in a convoy, or motorcade (dependant on where you're from) of cars. The leaders will sit in the back and have a tactical driver at the wheel to get them away from danger, should it present itself.
On the other hand, there are people like the Queen, who were still in a convoy of cars, but she drove herself around in her personal Range Rover. She does have a state car, which is a "Bentley State Limousine" which was built nearly 2 decades ago. It is powered by a Rolls Royce biturbo 6.75l V8. Yes. A Bentley is powered by a Rolls Royce engine, which is like when making a cup of tea and putting milk in your mug before putting in the water.
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So, the Queen is head of state, and is driven around in the Bentley when attending big events she's in the back of her Bentley. But more recently, she has stopped driving on public roads, according to a Sunday Times report, she is now chauffured around in her collection of cars. She has always had the option of being driven around, but Her Majesty is quite the car collector, she has loads of Land Rovers, Range Rovers and Jaguars.
The Queen was a somewhat keen driver, but last year, her husband was involved in a car accident, which caused injuries to a mother of two in her Kia. So he gave up his driving, which she was later advised to do, The Sunday Times said “[She was] likely to have been a reluctant”.
Now, the Queen is still able to drive on private roads, which means she'll still drive all of her cars around her estate. But she's now chauffeured now more than ever. The Queen does have a massive car collection, which includes mostly Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Daimlers, Jaguars and Land Rovers and apparently her Series I Land Rover Defender is her favourite!
You may be wondering "Why does she have a Labrador on the bonnet?" this is simple, the Royal Family love bonnet ornaments, and the Queen's second favourite thing (behind cars) is dogs, especially Corgis and Labradors, these are called "mascots" and she gets hers from Louis LeJeune, which is obviously British!