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Car fit for a prince

A SPECIALLY prepared version of the Lexus LS 600h L, which will serve as the official royal wedding car for the marriage of Prince Albert of Monaco to Ms Charlene Wittstock next Saturday, has been unveiled.

The Royal Wedding Lexus, designed to maximise visibility of the newlyweds to the people of the principality, is one of seven full hybrid LS 600hs which will be used to transport members of the royal family throughout the occasion.

The car conversion was carried out by Carat Duchatelet, a world leader in the conversion of limousines. Based in Liege, Belgium, its customers include more than 50 heads of state and royal families.

Re-assembly of the Lexus LS 600h L meant basically re-building the entire car.

Combining powertrain technology with emission- reducing credentials, the car will soften the environmental impact of the wedding day celebrations. For most of the day, it will operate in zero-emission mode, driving under electric motor power alone.

Sunday Independent