National Geographic : 1953 Sep
I 't 333 © United Press The Young Queen and Her Prince in a Gilded Coach Smile on Their Admirers The Royal State Coach, four tons of wheels, upholstery, and carving, is as uncomfortable as it is magnificent. Monarchs have complained of the unpleasant sway and jolting shocks of "Old Rattlebones" since George III bought it for £8,000 two centuries ago. A recent renovation added rubber tires and fluorescent lighting but little comfort. Door panel shows Mars, Minerva, and Mercury supporting the Crown of England. Here the Queen, leaving Buckingham Palace, wears a diadem; after coronation she wore the State Crown (page 326). The Duke of Edinburgh wears a Fleet Admiral's uniform. Both are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.