The success of the 2011 BMW M3 Royal Edition, which was released as a tribute for the Royal Wedding between Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, has inspired Lexus to produce a special one-off edition LS 600h Landaulet for the Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Carlene Wittstock. Well, as you may have heard... the BMW M3 Royal Edition was an April Fools prank. The LS 600h Landaulet, however, is not.
Designed and converted by Belgian coachbuilder Carat Duchatelet and taking more than 2,000 hours to complete, the Landaulet LS 600h will carry the Royal couple while they tour the principality after their marriage ceremony. The removable transparent roof design was developed through digital 3D models so as not to compromise the structural integrity of the vehicle. The impressive little shell weighs a little over 50lbs and is 8mm thick. Lexus engineers fitted the LS 600h with Kevlar and carbon fiber composite materials to "achieve suitable chassis stiffness and torsional rigidity."
Completed with Midnight Blue paint and an EV mode (the Lexus Hybrid drive, which will operate for most of the duration of the Royal Couple's tour), the Landaulet LS 600h is truly a classy and elegant ride fit for the occasion.