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Lexus by royal appointment

….to the biggest appointment of his life this weekend.

The right royal Lexus is a custom-made original built to head the wedding fleet for the ruler of the super-rich city-state, although guests will not be short-changed as they will be chauffeured in a fleet of 7 Series BMWs to the ceremony for Prince Albert and former Olympic swimmer Carlene Wittstock.

The wedding car for the ceremony on Saturday began life as a regular Lexus LS600h in Japan before being shipped to a Belgian coachbuilding company for conversion into a landaulet with a transparent polycarbonate roof. The actual roof piece only weighs 26 kilograms but its installation required massive research by Lexus and painstaking craftsmanship.

It took more than 2000 hours to complete the conversion, which includes a number of Kevlar and carbon fibre pieces to maintain the original structural integrity of the Lexus following the removal of its metal roof. Around 20,000 individual parts were stripped and then re-assembled during the work.

The car was also re-painted in a special midnight blue. The petrol-electric hybrid drive system in the car was left intact and Lexus says the car will drive in fully electric mode for most of the planned drive through Monaco during the wedding celebrations.