Irish State Coach

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The Irish State Coach at the Royal Mews

The Irish State Coach is an enclosed, four-horse-drawn carriage used by the British Royal Family. It is the traditional horse-drawn coach in which the British monarch travels from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster to formally open the new legislative session of the UK Parliament.

In use at the State Opening of Parliament.

The original Irish State Coach was built in 1851 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. It was extensively damaged by fire in 1911, and completely restored in 1989 by the Royal Mews carriage restorers. The exterior is blue and black with gilt decoration and the interior is covered in blue damask. It is normally driven from the box seat using four horses. Along with several other Royal state coaches, it is stored in the Royal Mews, where it can be seen by the public.

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  • "Carriages". Official website of the British Monarchy. The Royal Household. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

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