This is the third State I Royal Review vehicle provided by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and it replaced the previous State I Range Rover from 1974 (also in the Museum’s collection).
These bespoke vehicles were used on royal tours at home and abroad by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. They were specially adapted with a rear platform from which the royal party could be steadily driven through areas of interest and past the viewing public, acknowledging them and being seen at relatively close quarters. Painted in the royal colour claret, like all state vehicles, it was not required to be registered.
This particular Royal Review Range Rover featured in the image chosen by Queen Elizabeth II for her 1994 Christmas card, where she and Prince Philip were pictured attending the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Arromanches-les-Bains in northern France.