Commemorative Royal Wedding memorabilia is everywhere right now – from mugs to china plates and even celebratory Meghan and Harry digestive biscuits.
But would you buy a car celebrating Prince Harry‘s wedding? A pair of car makers clearly think someone might do and have decided to jump on the bandwagon too.
Mini and high-end British car customiser Kahn Design have both created one-off special edition models to mark the big day – with the special Mini being donated to raise money for charity.
Royal Edition: The Mini has a specially created roof design that’s a blend of the Union Jack and Stars and Stripes flag to celebrate the union of the couple
The Kahn Design Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose is said to feature ‘iridescent manifestations of royal craftsmanship’. It also has a very collectible number plate
Kahn Design’s car is a custom-made Land Rover Defender – called the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose – and it says it ‘features iridescent manifestations of royal craftsmanship’.
It also crucially comes with the numberplate 4 HRH.
The Mini is a one-of-a-kind Cooper S hatchback – an ideal car for young newlyweds with no kids in tow.
But the keys won’t be handed to the royal couple – instead the iconic British brand is gifting the car to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction with all proceeds going to the charity.
Mechanically, there’s nothing to set the Mini apart from any other three-door automatic Cooper S you can buy in a showroom today from £22,995.
That means it has a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 189bhp. It has a top speed of 145mph and can reach 62mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds.
But what sets it apart – and will probably double its value – are the bespoke styling features you won’t find on any other Mini.
The exterior has a Crystal White finish with silver and blue accent strips with a contrast roof with a unique 3D-printed roof graphic that’s claimed to be a combination of the Union Jack and US Stars and Stripes.
All new Mini hatchbacks come with Union Jack brake lights as of this year, but this model goes one step further by blending the UK flag and the US Stars and Stripes on the roof
The one-of-a-kind car has been gifted to The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) for public auction with all proceeds going to the charity
The Royal Wedding Mini is the only one of its kind and has plenty of unique touches
While all new Mini hatchbacks now come with Union Jack brake lights, this special edition also gets special indicators – they’re the initials ‘M’ and ‘H’ with a heart and rings.
That’s not the only fairly cheesy addition – open the doors and a ‘Just married’ emblem shines onto the ground.
Inside, the first names of the bride and groom, plus the wedding date and good wishes to the newlyweds, have been added to the panel above the glovebox and the headrests, sun visors and door sills all feature ‘love’ sentiments.
The Mini indicators have an ‘M’ and ‘H’ design with a heart and rings
Inside, the panel above the dashboard has the names of the couple plus the wedding date and good wishes to the newlyweds
Open the door and a ‘Just married’ design is beamed onto the pavement. Spot the ‘Mini loves you’ illumination in the door sills, too
Speaking about the bespoke car, Mini’s head of design, Oliver Heilmer, said: ‘As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift.
‘The Mini Design team has created a one-off Mini Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a Mini like no other.’
No value has been quoted for the Mini, with a standard Cooper S automatic retailing from £23,000
There is plenty of custom stitching around the interior, including on the headrests of the seats and in the sun visors
The red, white and blue design from the roof is also carried into the cabin of the car
And Mini isn’t the only UK car maker to create a Meghan and Harry special.
Kahn Design, which is best known for creating behemoth six-wheel trucks and heavily-modified Range Rovers, has produced a custom-made Land Rover Defender.
Called the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose – no small mouthful, we know – it even comes with a special registration plate that’s surely worth a few bob.
‘Complete with the much sought after 4 HRH number plate; the principal British designer believes this particular Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman model is exactly the sort of vehicle that one would associate with royalty, thanks to its fashionable and iconic silhouette which pays tribute to the original Defender – ideal for Prince Harry and his future bride’s wedding day,’ says the British car company.
Kahn Design said the car is available for sale from £79,995 and will be displayed in its Chelsea showroom in the week leading up to the wedding
It’s not their first royal creation either – it has already released a number of vehicles celebrating Her Majesty, The Queen’s Jubilee, 60th Coronation and HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day.
Owner, Afzal Kahn, said: ‘As a proud Englishman, this is our way of wishing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle many happy years together.
‘The vehicle is currently on display at our Kings Road showroom in Chelsea.
‘However, additional vehicles with the ‘WED IIN’ and ‘WED IIIN’ registrations will be available at our Kensington showroom.
‘Everyone is welcome to join us and celebrate this joyous occasion.’
The price of the special edition Defender is £79,995.
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