Prince William Borrows Father’s Vintage Aston Martin for Royal Wedding Cruise [Video]

Prince William and his bride, Catherine Middleton, delighted spectators Friday by leaving a wedding reception at Buckingham Palace in an open top sports car — with the groom at the wheel.

Britain’s Prince William surprised well-wishers with a James Bond moment outside Buckingham Palace on Friday by driving past with his new bride in a vintage Aston Martin convertible after a wedding reception.

“Kings and princes aren’t generally in the business of driving themselves, well, anywhere,” writes AutoBlog. More often than not, such dignitaries can be found ensconced in the lap of luxury known to us mere mortals (or at least non Royals) as The Back Seat. Then again, it’s not every day that a prince finds himself a brand new princess to call his very own, as is the case with the newly crowned Duchess of Cambridge.”

And so it’s refreshing to see Prince William drive himself and his bride around London following the Royal Wedding in front of a massive swarm of onlookers. The best part, though, is that the Royal Couple chose to drive away in a perfectly appropriate Aston Martin.

Not just any Aston Martin – this Seychelles Blue DB6 MKII Volante actually belongs to William’s dad, Prince Charles, and was gifted to him by his mother (that’d be The Queen, naturally) in 1969 on Charles’ 21st birthday. Aston-Martin, of course, gained international acclaim in James Bond movies and Reuters used the reference from one of the British spy movie titles “License to Kill” in its clever headline on its story: “License to thrill drive for newly wed royal couple.

A few details worthy of note: This droptop DB6 has been converted to run on Royal Grapes. Well, sort of. Aston Martin retrofitted this car’s engine with a kit that allows it to run on alcohol fuel, which is created using grapes grown on a vineyard owned by the Royal Family. So it’s green: it can only manage about eight miles per gallon. Also, take a gander at the big L on the front of the car. That stands for Learner; apparently even for Royal Learners.

And finally, are you wondering what William and Kate actually choose to drive when nobody else is looking? William reportedly owns an Audi S4, and Kate drives an Audi A3 hatchback. [via AutoBlog, Reuters and Examiner]

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