A couple of weeks ago I discovered this labour of love - noticing that in the finest of detail, everything has a purpose and the bringing together of master craftmanship is seen here.
A new Queen's carriage has been unveiled and will be used to take the Queen to Parliament.
The entire coach is covered with heraldic emblems, crests and motifs, all of which have been approved by the College of Arms
'Crowning glory: Made from wood reclaimed from HMS Victory the
reproduction crown sits atop four lions modelled on those found on the
gates of Buckingham Palace'
The trust which looks after Britannia
donated some teak handrails from the old Royal Yacht. They now form the
armrests (flip them up and there are discreet, Bond-style controls for
the heating and electric windows underneath).
secured contributions from Windsor Castle, Balmoral and even the old
Royal Box at Ascot. St Paul’s and Winchester Cathedrals presented
certified pieces, as did Westminster Abbey and many stately homes.
panelling includes yew from Glamis Castle in Scotland, where the Queen
Mother grew up, ash from Blenheim Palace and oak from Althorp, ancestral
home of the Spencer family. Going back somewhat further is a little bit
of timber from the Bronze Age Ferriby boat found in the Humber.
strong theme throughout is sacrifice. Hence the metalwork from a
Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster and many of our best-known
battlefields. ‘I wanted something every family in the land can relate
to,’ he says.
Mr Frecklington built the coach in his workshop near Sydney, Australia
using the work of the finest craftsmen and women from all over the
wanted to make something in honour of Her Majesty': Jim Frecklington,
64, designed and built the coach. The lamps, right, are glazed with lead
crystal from Edinburgh'
Mr Frecklington secured contributions from Windsor Castle, Balmoral and
even the old Royal Box at Ascot. St Paul's and Winchester Cathedrals
presented certified pieces, as did Westminster Abbey and many stately
homes. The public can go to view the new carriage at the Royal Mews from