A right royal party! Prince Charles' Aston Martin takes centre stage as Queen's Diamond Jubilee year honoured by classic car show
As the Windsor Castle Concourse of Elegance, showing off 60 classic cars began today, there was one automobile that brought back fond memories and firmly took centre stage.
Prince Charles' 1969 Aston Martin Volante DB6 MKII, given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, is one of the rarest Aston Martins ever made, with only 12 thought to have been produced.
The car was last seen transporting Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge from their royal wedding, adorned with balloons and ticker-tape, yet today it was parked up at the Queen's home.
Star of the show: The 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Voltane, driven by Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge after their wedding
Flashback: Prince Charles rare Aston Martin was 'borrowed' by his son William for his royal wedding
Charles, an ardent environmentalist, has had it converted to run on bioethanol fuel produced from waste generated by English wine production and whey, a by-product of cheesemaking.
Concours d’Elégance dates from 17th century France where the aristocracy paraded their highly ornate horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. In time the carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competitive ‘beauty pageant’ for automobile owners.
In reality a concours is an exhibition of priceless art. Automotive sculptures that stand as a lasting testament to the brilliance of pioneering engineers, innovative designers and skilled coachbuilders.
Running until Sunday (September 9), The Aston Martin will join a further 60 of the most stunning motor cars from around the world.
Nice: A 1956 Aston Martin DB3s/9 being admired by Colonel David Steel at Windsor Castle
Old school: A 1918 Straker-Squire X/2 prototype, one of 60 of the rarest motorcars from around the world
Popular: A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Spider at the three day event
A spokesperson for Thorough Events, who are running the show told Mail Online: 'This is the first time The Queen has ever allowed something like this in her own home, and we are just really honoured.
'At the owners' day today I have never seen so many smiley faces; they were all saying how privileged they felt to be in the home of the Queen.
'It exceeded all expectations; it was stunning, and we are very honoured to be able to hold the show here.
'It really was the most amazing day, and we hope the public enjoy it just as much over the next couple of days.'
In Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year, the Concours of Elegance is a significant new event celebrating the style and glamour of historic automobiles.
Some of these 'gems' have never been seen before in the UK and will be on display for three days in the inner Quadrangle of Britain’s most romantic Royal castle.
A further 60 British classics will be driven on the Royal Automobile Club's 'Best of British Tour' on Saturday, September 8.
On Sunday, September 9 a further 60 cars, one from each year of HM The Queen's reign, are arriving as part of the Octane Jubilee Tour.
Star line-up: A 1938 Delahaye V12 (front)
Good looking: A couple admire one of 60 of the rarest motorcars from around the world for the Windsor Castle Concours Of Elegance
Come on down: The three day event is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday
And if that wasn't enough, numerous Owners' Clubs are planning to bring their top 60 examples too. Everyone from Aston Martin to Bentley, Jaguar to Ferrari will be joining the party with special displays along the Castle's Long Walk.
It is thought there will be at least 600 cars on show for the public to enjoy Saturday and Sunday.
The Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance's primary objective is to be a highly successful fundraising event. Thorough Events has chosen The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and East Anglia's Children's Hospices as this year's charitable beneficiaries, supporting their work in the area of palliative care for children and young people.
Tickets for the event can be purchased on the door from 9.30 am Saturday and Sunday.
Tired of the cars? This classic car lover decides to photograph the changing of guards in Windsor Castle
...while this couple give their feet a rest and enjoy some champagne
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