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The Royal Mews today

The Royal Mews provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. It is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages. It's responsible for looking after the state carriages, coaches and cars used by The Queen and members of the Royal Family during state occasions, including coronations, the State Opening of Parliament and visits by heads of state.

 

The Queen's carriage procession forming in the Quadrangle for the State Opening of Parliament

The Queen's carriage procession forming in the Quadrangle for the State Opening of Parliament ©

Around 50 times a year carriages from the Royal Mews take newly appointed high commissioners and ambassadors to present their credentials to The Queen at Buckingham Palace. And every day since 1843, the messenger Brougham carriage has set out from the Royal Mews to collect and deliver post between Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace. The latest coach to join the collection of royal coaches is The Diamond Jubilee State Coach which was built to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.