Royal Transport: An Inside Look at the History of Royal Travel

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Dundurn, 2005 - Transportation - 208 pages
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The conveyance of royalty, whether to Balmoral or Buffalo, by Rolls Royce or Canadian Pacific train, has its own mysterious traditions and protocols. With dry humour and a keen sense of history, Peter Pigott describes how the British royal family has adapted to technological innovations. Organized thematically, the book is packed with well-researched details. We know all about the royal family's lives, especially their romances and scandals, but do we know who was the first monarch to drive a motorcar? The first to fly in an aircraft? Which king so loved his yacht that he ordered it scuttled on his death?

Royal Transport is a fascinating look at how British royalty has travelled since the invention of steam. This richly illustrated book covers all modes of royal transport in Britain and the Commonwealth - some of the most famous and yet unknown transport in the world.

  

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Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
11
INTRODUCTION
12
ROYAL TRAINS
22
ROYAL YACHTS
50
MOTOR CARS
94
AIRCRAFT
144
ENDNOTES
198
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About the author (2005)

Peter Pigott's idea for this book began when, as a boy, he saw Prince Philip being driven through town and was more interested in the Cadillac convertible than the royal passenger. Canada's foremost aviation author, with 12 books to his credit, Pigott works in Ottawa on Sussex Drive, an ideal location for viewing royal transports.

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