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Land Rover first delivered to King Charles is heading to auction

The Land Rover was first used by Charles and Camilla. (Classic Car Auctions)
The Land Rover was first used by Charles and Camilla. (Classic Car Auctions)

A Land Rover Discovery first used by King Charles and Queen Camilla is heading to auction.

The Discovery, painted in the royal family’s chosen green shade, was delivered to Tim Williams, head chauffeur for the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, for their exclusive use.

Accompanying the sale is a letter from George Hassall, director of royal and diplomatic affairs at Land Rover, to Williams, detailing the ‘new lease vehicle’, which was delivered to the Royal Garage at Highgrove House on January 12, 2007. A heritage certification also confirms its authenticity.

A letter confirms the Discovery’s authenticity. (Classic Car Auctions)

The Discovery still features original modifications made for royal use, including flashing alternative headlights and fog lights, along with front and rear strobe lights. The SUV now has a mileage of 117,500 miles, though is said to be ‘beautifully presented’ and comes with a full service history.

It’s going under the hammer on March 23 with Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at its sale coinciding with the Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC exhibition centre in Birmingham.

Simon Langsdale who sourced the vehicle for CCA, said: “This is surely one for a serious Royal family collector, with Prince Charles now King Charles III, the vehicle has even greater Royal provenance adding to its value.”

CCA has a reputation for auctioning former royal family vehicles at top prices, with a 2004 Range Rover used by the late Queen Elizabeth selling for a record price of £132,750 in November 2023.

This particular Discovery was sold by the online auction platform Collecting Cars in March 2023 for £12,050 but is now being sold again with a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000.