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State Limousines of the Netherlands

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State Limousine

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Netherlands

Introduction

Current

Royal Family

Dutch Royal Ceremmonial Coach created by carriage maker Spijker.

The first car to be owned by the Dutch royal family was a 1908 Renault, purchased by Prince Hendrik. In the years that followed it would be joined by nine royal limousines from the Amsterdam-based carriage maker Spijker, which continues to exist today as a sports car manufacturer. Between 1925 and the late 1950s, the royal limousines were supplied by Cadillac, after which the royal household switched to the Ford Motor Company.

The current official royal limousine is a stretched Volvo S80 model, although other members of the royal family use different cars. Visiting heads of state are chauffeured in a stretched Lincoln Continental<ref>http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/dsc?s=obj&c=getobject&origin=minazintra:17793</ref>

All royal automobiles are painted in blue, with standard Dutch number plates beginning with AA, a special designation for the royal household.

Dutch Government

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands uses a BMW 7-Series. Previously, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class was used.

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