The electric Jaguar E-Type built last year by Jaguar Classics has had a headline appearance as Harry and Meghan used it to travel from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married a few years ago, they left Buckingham Palace in Prince Charles’ Aston Martin DB6 Volante, and when Harry and Meghan – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – left Windsor Castle for their evening reception at Frogmore House they topped that with an even rarer British Classic – an electric Jaguar E-Type.
The electric Jaguar E-Type used by the Royal Couple for their photo opportunity on the way to their evening reception is the car Jaguar Classics built last year to demonstrate that even classic cars can be made future relevant with a quick EV transplant, even if it does seem a little sacrilegious to mess with a classic E-Type to such a degree.
But the EV powertrain does nothing to mess with the E-Type’s classic looks and delivers performance an E-Type with an XK engine would be happy with, a range of 170 miles and (almost) serene silence in the process.
But as a closing act for the public facing bits of a Royal Wedding which was, by any measure, a significant step change for Royal traditions, it perhaps perfectly encompassed the idea that you can marry diverse backgrounds, and the ancient and modern, to create a new whole which is entirely relevant to today.