A vehicle fit for a princess
The royal Rolls Royce was ordered in 1971 by Princess Alexandra, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, as a limousine for her official use. The car was the pinnacle of luxury vehicles of that time and the latest generation of classic limousines: the Rolls Royce Phantom VI.
As a member of the royal family, Princess Alexandra had a great deal of ceremonial and work assignments. She was highly active and popular, making some 120 visits a year until her retirement in 2013. She would often represent Queen Elisabeth abroad, with whom she was believed to be very close according to newspapers.
Only three owners in 45 years
Princess Alexandra used the Rolls Royce until 1996. Her chauffeurs travelled some 100,000 kilometres during that time – the rule in such a limousine is that the owner never sits behind the wheel. The vehicle was at that time described as a “splendidly maintained Rolls Royce with one owner that has always been driven by professional chauffeurs”. During the following two decades, the limousine was regularly and well maintained, but rarely driven; it travelled only around 2000 kilometres. In 2018, the second owner put it up for an auction in Goodwood, a place where Rolls Royce has its new factory and where several exclusive automotive events are held at the nearby estate every year. The car was in perfect driving shape, with original registration plates from 1973 and a recently approved technical inspection. It was bought at that auction by the owner of Russian Dacha.
Princess Alexandra and Russian Dacha
Princess Alexandra paid a great deal of attention to a single honorary post that she performed for 40 years. Between 1964 and 2004, she was the Rector of Lancaster University. The owner of Russian Dacha, Dr. Aleš Musar, studied at that University and received his PhD in 2000 from the hands of Princess Alexandra.
Russian Dacha is a villa harbouring thousands of stories and experiences, with the possibility of a ride in a unique royal limousine being one of the most exciting ones.