History on wheels: 5 things to know about the queen's new carriage

June 4, 2014 8:46 PM

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History on wheels: 5 things to know about the queen's new carriage

Britain’s longest living monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, arrived to open parliament this week in a shiny new state coach — a piece of history on wheels.

Designed and built by Australian Jim Frecklington, the Diamond Jubilee State Coach is the product of a decade of work. Taken on as a personal endeavor rather than a royal commission, the project was financed entirely from Australian government grants and personal loans.

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