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The Royal Mews - The Gold State Coach

The most spectacular coach at the Royal Mews is the Gold State Coach, built in 1762.

The Royal Mews is the permanent home of the Gold State Coach. It is kept on display inside, complete with a team of model horses in harness. The walls surrounding the coach are adorned with paintings of the Coach throughout history.

Royal State Coach. Photo Jayne Pedigo

Royal State Coach. Photo Jayne Pedigo

Built in 1762, the Gold State Coach has been used at every Coronation since George IV. It was most recently used for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in June 1977.

The Gold State Coach weighs four tons and is 24 feet long and 12 feet high. The coach is gilded and features painted panels by Giovanni Cipriani and rich gilded sculpture including three cherubs on the roof and four tritons, one at each corner.

The body of the coach is slung by braces covered with morocco leather and decorated with gilt buckles.

The State Coach is pulled by a team of eight horses wearing the Red Morocco harness. Originally driven by a coachman, now the horses are ridden by postillion riders.