The Gold State Coach

The Gold State Coach or Queen's Carriage

Preserving an important part of British heritage

The Gold State Coach is an iconic symbol of royal pageantry and grandeur. This magnificent carriage has been used by British monarchs on ceremonial occasions since the 18th century. It is one of the most lavish and ornate carriages in the world and is adorned with intricate carvings, gilding, and paintings. The Gold State Coach is often referred to as the Queen’s Carriage because it is reserved for use by the reigning monarch during coronations and other state occasions. It was used for the coronation of King George IV in 1821, Queen Victoria in 1838, and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. King Charles III is set to use the Gold State Coach to travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for his coronation in May 2023.

The construction of the Gold State Coach began in 1760 during the reign of King George III. It took almost ten years to complete and cost an astronomical sum of £7,562 at the time — equivalent to over £1 million today. The coach was designed by Sir William Chambers and features a golden exterior with red velvet interiors. It is drawn by eight horses and requires a team of twenty-three footmen to operate it.

The Gold State Coach is not just a carriage, but a work of art in its own right. Its intricate carvings and gilding are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans who created it. The coach is kept at the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace when not in use and is maintained by a team of expert craftsmen.

The Gold State Coach or Queen's Carriage

PointSCAN visited Buckingham Palace in August 2021 to perform a 3D laser survey of both the interior and exterior of the carriage. This was done in preparation for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations which were set to be held in June 2022. Utilising 3D laser scanning technology, our surveyors were able to capture accurate data without interfering with day-to-day activities at Buckingham Palace. 3D scanners are able to scan objects from up to 330 meters away, giving them more than enough range to safely capture measurement data without risking damage to the historical carriage. The use of 3D laser surveys is a prime example of the importance of modern-day technologies for the preservation of historical sites and landmarks.

PointSCAN was honoured to have been given the opportunity to perform a 3D laser survey for one of the world’s most beautiful marvels of engineering. If you are interested in what PointSCAN can do for your business, then please contact us using the button below.