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Royal Mews to house unique new carriage

Published: Saturday 1st of November 2008

The Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace is soon to take delivery of a rather special new Royal coach.

This prestigious new vehicle, being built by master craftsmen in Sydney, Australia, will feature selected pieces of timber chosen for their significance in British history.

Perhaps the most recognised piece has come from the apple tree under which Sir Isaac Newton was sitting when he discovered gravity.

Some reports indicate that the tree is in fact a descendant of the inspirational arboreal, but in any case its symbolism remains undiminished.

Elsewhere in the coach there is a piece of wood from one of the RAF's Lancaster bombers which flew in the famous Dambuster raids in World War Two, along with an element from the Mayflower ship which transported the Pilgrim Fathers to the east coast of America.

The Royal Mews began life in 1760 when the then King, George III, transferred his collection of royal carriages to the site in grounds of Buckingham Palace, which he had just purchased.

LondonPass holders can gain free entry to the Royal Mews, which is a saving of £7.50 for adults and £4.80 for children.

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