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Bentley Celebrates Best Of British Innovation And Excellence At The Coronation Festival

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CREWE, UNITED KINGDOM – May 29, 2013: Bentley Motors is helping to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation by playing a headlining role in a special gathering of over 200 Royal Warrant Holders this July (11-14) in the unique setting of Buckingham Palace Gardens.

The British luxury carmaker, which designed and hand-built The Queen’s State Limousine, will sponsor the Saturday evening Coronation Festival Gala, which will form part of the Coronation Festival. This unique event hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association will showcase some of Britain’s most creative and successful businesses and organisations and celebrate the very best of UK plc.

Many of Bentley’s current cars and finest historical models will make the trip to Buckingham Palace to create a memorable automotive display. The company’s luxurious flagship saloon, the award-winning Mulsanne, will be joined by the world’s fastest 4-seat open-top car, the 205 mph Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible.

Key models from the company’s past, including the iconic R-Type Continental which was at its pinnacle during the original Coronation celebrations and a famous example of groundbreaking British automotive performance and design, will also be on display at Buckingham Palace.

Bentley’s exhibition area will allow visitors to take a rare glimpse inside the company’s headquarters in Cheshire where some of the world’s best luxury cars are created using a unique combination of traditional hand craftsmanship skills and leading-edge automotive production processes.

Richard Charlesworth, Bentley’s Director of Royal and VIP Relations, comments:

“The opportunity to build and now support the State Limousine is a great source of pride for everyone at Bentley and many of our customers; it is perhaps one of the most recognised and photographed cars in the world.

“The Coronation Festival is both an opportunity for our company to show our appreciation for The Queen’s achievements and to play a part in creating a special event that puts the remarkable people and companies holding the Royal Warrant of Appointment in the limelight.”

Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is a unique example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exported over £1bn worth of goods in 2012 and the company is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.