Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

Charles breaks cover as he’s spotted behind wheel on way to Sandringham service

King Charles has been snapped in the driver’s seat as the monarch heads to the Sunday morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham this morning. The newly crowned King waved merrily at the cameras as he headed out for his Sunday tradition following his successful Coronation service last week.

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The monarch was seen in public after his newly released photos of he and other members of the family garnered mixed reactions. 

Some felt they captured the sense of history surrounding his accession to the throne – but critics argued their grandeur was ill-judged in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

Pam Lyddon, founder of UK-based PR agency Bright Star Digital, told I know there’s historic reasons to take these. But the PR part of me thought, that’s enough now.

“Let’s just stop and focus on what’s really going on in this country, which is we have a serious cost of living crisis.”

King Charles was stepping out a week to the day since his glamorous Coronation concert, which saw the likes of Lionel Richie and Katy Perry take to the stage to perform and pay tribute to the monarch.

However, he was not behind the wheel of his most famous car, a converted Aston Martin DB6 with a peculiar source of fuel, when he hit the road today.

In 2008 then-Prince Charles had the car converted to run on bioethanol made from wine and cheese.

Engineers at Aston Martin discovered that their cars could run on surplus English white wine mixed with whey, but according to The Telegraph they are said to have urged the prince not to switch out his fuel.

King Charles said: “The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing,’ I said, ‘Well I won’t drive it then,’ so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol… and also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along.”

The royals are known for being fond of driving themselves rather than relying on chauffeurs. 

The Queen was known for her Range Rover, while Prince Philip often praised the virtues of Land Rovers, frequently appearing at country events in them.

Upon his death in 2021, a custom-built Land Rover was revealed which transported the Duke’s coffin to St George’s Chapel for his funeral.

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