British Red Cross Receives New Land Rover For Platinum Jubilee

Jaguar Land Rover has celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by giving the British Red Cross a new Defender 130.

The royal family’s favourite car manufacturer has adapted the Defender 130 for the charity, as Queen Elizabeth II has long been a patron of the British Red Cross.

Head of crisis response at the organisation Chris Davies said: “As the longest version of this vehicle ever produced, we will be able to utilise the increased capacity to incorporate new and unique features that will better support our emergency response and ambulance support work.”

Additionally, the Land Rover’s off-road capabilities means the Red Cross can more easily reach remote areas to access those affected by disasters and emergencies.

Jaguar Land Rover also honoured Her Majesty’s special milestone anniversary by featuring 26 of its vehicles in the Jubilee Pageant, including two Defenders and the Jaguar E-type.

Chris Thorp, chief of staff at Jaguar Land Rover, stated that it was a “true honour” to be part of the historic occasion.

“We are delighted to celebrate with her today,” he went on to say.

The manufacturer’s connections with the royal family extend longer than Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign and it holds not one, but three Royal Warrants.

Prince Philip even famously designed a customised Land Rover Defender TD5 130 hearse to carry his coffin before his burial last year.

He modified the open top rear section where his coffin was placed on its journey to St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and chose the military green colour, in homage of his time in the Royal Navy during World War Two.

 

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