Never One for Parental Norms, Princess Diana Customized Her Jaguar For Princes William and Harry
After they have kids, most people opt for a family-friendly car: an SUV, station wagon, perhaps a minivan. But Princess Diana didn’t change cars. Instead, she changed a car.
Diana’s 1983 Jaguar was originally intended to be a two-seater vehicle. But with two small children, the princess needed some additional room—so Jaguar just rebuilt it for her. “While the other 5,012 cabriolets produced in Coventry between 1983 and 1988 were all two-seaters, this stately XJ-SC (registered E763 KYX) was uniquely fitted with two small rear seats so the young Princes William and Harry could ride along with their mother and her bodyguard,” The Telegraph reports.
She also had some fun with the design: Her seats were upholstered with personalized leather and Harris Tweed, and the exterior was painted green to match Prince Charles’s Aston Martin.
That small car would soon become one of the most photographed in all of Britain: splashed across the tabloids and society pages on a regular basis. The children eventually outgrew even the modified version, so Diana sold it to the Jaguar Heritage Trust and bought a Mercedes-Benz instead.
Next month, it’ll be displayed at the London Classic Car Show, where car fiends and Diana lovers alike can enjoy a blast from the royal past.
Source: vogue com