Prince Charles knows how to arrive in style!
For a visit to the new Aston Martin Lagonda factory in Wales, the 71-year-old royal pulled up in his vintage Aston Martin DB6 Volante. And rather than simply sit and enjoy the ride for Friday’s outing, Charles was the one in the driver’s seat.
He was all smiles as he emerged from the ride, which was a gift from Queen Elizabeth to her son for his 21st birthday.
During his visit to the new factory, the royal checked out Aston Martin’s first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX. He even placed a logo on the car.
The environmentally conscious prince had his Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted in 2008 to run on bioethanol made from wine and cheese.
“They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realised that they had mixed whey into it too,” Prince Charles previously told The Telegraph. “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.”
He added, “And also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along.”
The vehicle also served as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s getaway car following their royal wedding in 2011. Of course, it was decorated in ribbons with a rear number plate that read “JU5T WED” as the couple drove off with the top down.
“It’s quite cool but quite scary,” said Ben Strong, a senior project manager with Aston Martin.
As Charles posed for a photo with the actor in front of the DB5 and a real Aston Martin Vantage from around 1980, he said: “The cars are the interesting thing here, much more interesting.”
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Strong said after the visit that Prince Charles “was very interested in how we had made them — making an old car from new.”
Producer Barbara Broccoli added, “He had a lot to talk about with Daniel. They both have a love for Aston Martin. Boys with toys!”