Prince William of Wales and his fiancée Kate Middleton have always been media darlings, and as their April 29th wedding approaches, British officials estimate that as many as two billion people will tune in to watch. Whether you’re sick of the obsessive coverage or reveling in it, we know you’re probably a bit jealous – custom-made clothes, cars and a palace seem pretty great to those of us still feeling the effects of the recession. We’ve put together a list of dream cars perfect for the whirlwind of wedding events and settling down afterwards.
Wheels for the Wedding Day
Hers: Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection Phantom
MSRP: $450,000 and up
The Queen received a Rolls-Royce Phantom for her Silver Jubilee in 1978, so it’s only right for Kate to ride in a similar fashion on the way to her fairy tale wedding. This limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom commemorates the automaker’s 100th year in business and just 100 models will be sold worldwide. The extended wheelbase version adds about ten inches of backseat legroom, so Kate will be sure to have plenty of space for her gown. The glove box is leather lined, the interior is swathed in polished wood trim fit for a princess, and the 6.8-liter V12 engine’s 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque will ensure that Kate gets to the church in time. The mile-and-a-half procession from the Goring Hotel to Westminster Abbey will take about ten minutes, but in a Rolls-Royce Centenary Collection Phantom, Kate and her father will enjoy every second.
His: Bentley Mulsanne
MSRP: $285,000 and up
We think Prince William and best man Prince Harry will want to ride in something sportier on the way to the wedding, and a Bentley Mulsanne will do the trick. Its huge power and extravagant cabin will give the prince a last bit of bachelor-party fun before the service, and the big engine is ideal for outrunning the paparazzi that will surely be on his tail. With a 6.75-liter V8 engine that makes 505 horsepower and an awe-inspiring 752 pound-feet of torque, Prince William will arrive to the wedding in a coach that’s got one of the most lavish interiors on the market and is ridiculously macho under the hood. This bespoke Bentley’s lamb’s wool pile carpets and optional massaging and reclining rear seats will be sure to comfort Will’s jitters on the drive from Clarence House to Westminster Abbey. Plus, with Bentley’s customizable sound settings, climate control and passenger seats, Price William can concentrate on remembering his vows and breathing.
From Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace
Theirs: Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition
After the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, the ride to the reception at Buckingham Palace will be a chance for Kate and William to gather their wits. The Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition will let them do just that. The back seat is big enough for the two to be comfortable, even if one is in a wedding gown. After the stress of planning a wedding, Kate will surely benefit from its power reclining heated and ventilated seats. Plus, the Autobiography Ultimate Edition comes with a drink chiller just the right size for a bottle of champagne. The interior is outfitted with Kalahari wood, a teak-lined cargo hold and Oxford leather seats. The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate even comes with power running boards, so Kate will have an easier time stepping into the SUV gracefully.
On the Honeymoon
Theirs: Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG
William proposed to Kate while they were the safari in Kenya, and the royal-wedding-obsessed press speculates that there could be a similar stop on their honeymoon. Few luxury cars are better-suited for the untamed wilderness than the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG. Developed for German military use and tuned-up for performance by AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s high performance brand, the G55 comes so well-outfitted that it doesn’t even offer options or upgrade packages. It has 79.5 cubic feet of cargo space, so it’s got plenty of room for all their honeymoon luggage. Rumor has it that the newlyweds could spend part of their time on Seychelles, a tiny island off Africa’s east coast. The G55’s three locking differentials, supercharged V8 engine and four-wheel electronic traction system will give them all the power and footing they need to climb mountains in the Vallee de Mai national park or drive to secluded beaches along the coastline.
Hers: Audi S6 Sedan
MSRP: Up to $78,225
Tuned for performance, large enough for a family and comfortable enough for a royal, the Audi S6 is also a car that will blend in with the mere commoners around Kate – hopefully helping her elude the pesky paparazzi. The S6 comes standard with conveniences like a rearview parking camera, Bose surround sound, Bluetooth and push button ignition, and starts at a pedestrian $76,100 (that’s pedestrian when you compare it to the Mulsanne and the Phantom). The only upgrades available are Milano leather seats, carbon fiber dash inlays, blind spot monitoring and seat-mounted rear side airbags. Adding these options brings the price tag to $78,225. With 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space, LATCH connectors and a plethora of high-tech safety features, like windows that won’t close if little fingers are in the way, the S6 is great for a budding family. And, when Kate wants get in touch with her wild side, the S6’s 5.2-liter V10 engine won’t disappoint.
His: Aston-Martin Rapide Luxe
William’s got royal blood, but he’s also a pilot in the Royal Air Force, so his car needs to pack a punch and live up to the luxury he’s accustomed to. The Aston-Martin Rapide Luxe should meet his highest expectations. Not only does it come standard with nearly every luxury feature possible – glass switchgear, engraved door sills, and four heated and ventilated leather seats – but its 5.9-liter V12 makes it one of Aston’s sportier cars. Although its zero to 60 mph time of 5.0 seconds is definitely slower than a fighter jet’s, it’s plenty fast for London and country roads. Plus, its sedan body style and standard rear-seat DVD entertainment system means his future kids can tag along.