Bentley, The Queen of England & China

Although the Republic of China is a single-party state, and the single party in question happens to be the Communist Party, “Bentley Motors and its customers in Beijing celebrated HM The Queen’s Birthday and her Diamond Jubilee year at the gala opening of one of the world’s largest Bentley dealerships - a new landmark in the cosmopolitan Sanlitun district.” Go figure.

Although the Republic of China is a single-party state, and the single party in question happens to be the Communist Party, “Bentley Motors and its customers in Beijing celebrated HM The Queen’s Birthday and her Diamond Jubilee year at the gala opening of one of the world’s largest Bentley dealerships - a new landmark in the cosmopolitan Sanlitun district.”

Go figure.

The government in England is a constitutional monarchy and uses a parliamentary system.

Bentley Motors is based in Crewe, England. Bentley Motors is owned by Volkswagen A.G., based in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Who says it isn’t a small world?

Back to the celebration in China.

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Bentley unveiled the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition. Just 60 of the cars have been built, one for each year in Elizabeth II’s reign.

(As we are on something of a tutorial tangent here, you may be interested to know that Elizabeth I’s reign ran from 1558 to 1603. Bentley was founded in 1919.)

To set these cars apart from the run-of-the-mill Mulsannes—and realize that one will set you back something on the order of $330,000—there are things like special gold-stitched embroidery on the headrests and veneered picnic tables in the rear cabin with “a gold overlay depicting a royal carriage used for great occasions of state.”

The vehicles feature colors with an emphasis on the red, white and blue of the Union Jack. These colors are also used for the pin striping, known in the U.K. as “hand-applied single fine lines.”

The cars are hand-built by the Bentley Mulliner Division.

By the way: China is the biggest market for Bentley.