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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

What was Princess Eugenie’s flashy royal wedding car?

The British royal's four-wheeled steed was a super-limited-edition model

Britain's Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank depart their wedding in an Aston Martin DB10. AFP
Britain's Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank depart their wedding in an Aston Martin DB10. AFP

Among the horse-and-carriage pomp and circumstance of British royal Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank at the weekend, you might have spied their rather swish wedding car: an Aston Martin DB10.

Look familiar? It certainly should to James Bond fans, who would have seen the super-limited-edition model by the British brand tearing up the silver screen in 2015’s Spectre.

As its name tangentially suggests, only 10 examples of the DB10 were ever made – eight for the filming of the 24th Bond movie and two “show” cars.

The DB10 was originally unveiled in 2014, which coincided with 50 years since Aston first featured in the Bond franchise, when its iconic DB5 starred alongside Sean Connery in Goldfinger.

The car is based on the company’s V8 Vantage, but its closest visual sister is the current DB11 – which makes sense given the sequential model numbering.

Eight out of the 10 DB10s ever made were used in the filming of James Bond movie 'Spectre'. Getty
Eight out of the 10 DB10s ever made were used in the filming of James Bond movie 'Spectre'. Getty

Its V8 engine produces 436hp, and the car can accelerate from 0-to-100kph in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 310kph – we assume that the royal couple arrived at their honeymoon destination rather quicker than most newly-weds.

The British royal family also has a long history with Astons, including most recently Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, which saw them depart the scene of their nuptials in a DB6 Vantage Volante.

Information on the ownership of the car seems to be vague, but given that Aston boss Andy Palmer tweeted that the royal couple should “enjoy the DB10”, it seems probable that it was loaned to them by the carmaker for the occasion.

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