11 May 2004

Autocar spies usually gather their scoop photos at automotive testing grounds and factories around the world, but this one is a little different: it was taken in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The new-shape Land Rover Discovery has only been shown in public once – at its New York Motor Show world premiere last month – but it now seems that the Queen has been given her own private motor show at home in Windsor.

Officials from Solihull took the silver Disco down to show to the royals six months before it goes on sale in November.

‘We don’t discuss our arrangements with the royal household,’ said a spokesman. But the firm holds four royal warrants as an official supplier to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.

The Queen is known to be fond of Land Rovers and owns a number of models. Between them the royals own a model from every range, from Freelanders up to Range Rovers.

Back in the real world, Land Rover will show the Discovery diesel for the first time at this month’s British Motor Show.

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