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That’s when King Mathias Coribus of Hungary and Croatia decided he needed a faster way to travel throughout his kingdom during the 1400’s. He had the best wheelwrights construct a carriage that used steel-springs for suspension, resulting in a lighter and faster carriage that only needed a single horse to power it.
Notable Carriages Throughout History
Since the 1400s, Royal Carriages have spread across Europe as the preferred method of transportation for rulers. Here are few of the most famous works of transportation art:
The Imperial Coach from Austria
This golden carriage is incredibly ornate and was the golden carriage of the Imperial Austrian Court in Vienna.
Golden Coronation Coach from the former Imperial fleet. Photo © Nancy D. Brown
Ceremonial Coach of King João V from Portugal
This coach features the twelve zodiac symbols on the rear wheels for added touches of symbolic flair. It was used by foreign leaders on their visit to Portugal in the 19th century.
Photo © Discover Baroque art
Gold State Coach of the Royal Mews from the United Kingdom
This enclosed golden carriage is truly a work of art on wheels. It is pulled by eight horses and has been used for the coronation of every British monarch since George IV. Because it is heavy, large, and not very manoeuvrable, it is only used for grand state occasions.
Photo © Wikipedia
Diamond Jubilee State Coach
Queen Elizabeth II uses this coach on a regular basis during her visits to parliament. It is practically a museum on wheels full of rich British history such as pieces of royal warships from Henry VIII and Lord Nelson. To top it off, there is even a piece of the Stone of Destiny underneath the seats!
Photo © Wikipedia
The UGears Royal Carriage
In honour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming Royal Wedding, we are offering a limited edition Royal Carriage model! This laser-cut wooden model kit features both Harry and Meghan sitting in a carriage modeled after the 1902 State Landau. If you want to remember the special day for years to come with your own model carriage fit for Royalty, pre-order yours today!