National Geographic : 1937 May
Photograph from Topical Press CYNOSURE OF ALL EYES WILL BE THIS GLINTING STATE COACH DRAWN BY EIGHT MATCHED HORSES HARNESSED IN RED MOROCCO Here the late King George V leaves Buckingham Palace on November 22, 1932, to open Parliament. Escorted by the Household Cavalry and Yeomen ofthe Guard, he rides in the famous four-ton coach that has borne four Kings and a Queen to their Coronations. Allegorical paintingsonitsdoors and sides depict the success ofBritish arms on sea and land. Four gilded Tritons support the body of the coach, the two leaders blowing conchshells in salute tothe Monarch ofthe Ocean. Above itsred roof, four boys hold a crown. Built for young King George III, who first used it to open Parliament in 1762, the coach has been often refurbished atgreat cost.