The Cartier Style et Luxe didn't have the Queens jewels on display at Goodwood but did have the next best. In celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a selection of vehicles once owned by HRH had been traced and the current owners invited to display in the Style et Luxe.
I loved this exquisite 1961 Alvis TD21 Sii Drophead Coupe. Classed as a 'Regal Runabout - Cars To Drive As Well As Be Driven In' Entered by Her Majesty The Queen. This car caught the eye of discerning motorist Prince Philip. Park Ward built this Alvis to Prince Philip's special order, a taller windscreen, an electric roof three inches higher than standard and a dashboard trimmed with leather.
On Sunday the cars paraded around the sculpture in the presence of Lord March and Duke of Kent. It was a wonderful sight as the Guards and Pipers led the procession along the crunchy gravel drive up to the house.
I was standing next to a lady who told me that her husband was driving one of the cars. A Jaguar. They had bought the car as a Classic but had no idea that it was once owned by the Royal Household. A few months ago they received an e mail inviting them to bring the car to Goodwood to participate in the Parade.