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A personal number plate - the jewel in the crown

Coronation - C120 WNE number plate

As the world marks the coronation of King Charles III, many are curious about what the future holds for the British monarchy. With the late Queen Elizabeth II being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, many wonder if her son, Charles, will follow in her footsteps and maintain the traditions and values of the royal family.

A historic event

The coronation of King Charles III is a historic event that will be watched by millions around the world. The ceremony will take place in Westminster Abbey, the same location where Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. The coronation will be a grand affair, with guests from around the world attending the ceremony. Somewhat more modest celebrations will take the form of traditional street parties and similar events up and down the UK.

As the new king, Charles III will have many responsibilities. He will serve as the head of state and represent the British people in international affairs. He will also have the power to grant honours and awards.

Royal number plates

One aspect of the institution that may not be as well-known is the use of special number plates by members of the royal family. Over the years, several members of the royal family have owned number plates that reflect their status and position.

The late Queen Elizabeth II owned A 7 and her official cars bore the registrations MYT 1, MYT 2 and MYT 2. Her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, displayed OXR 1 on his Lagonda Drophead Coupe and was also known to drive a Land Rover Discovery with the vehicle registration OXR 2.

Royal references have proved very popular. K1 NGS sold for a hammer price of £185,000 hammer price in December 1993, Regtransfers have handled the sales of some superb ‘royal’ plates such as MAJ 357Y (2022), 1 ANN (2005) - which was once owned by Princess Anne - and its sister plate ANN 1 (1993).

Will tradition be continued?

It is not yet known if King Charles III will choose to continue this tradition and use a special number plate on his official car. The monarch is actually exempt from displaying a registration anyway but, given his well-known passion for environmental issues, however, it is possible that he may opt for an electric or hybrid vehicle, which would certainly send a positive message about sustainability and the need to reduce carbon emissions.

Perhaps one day, a new number plate will be added to the list of those owned by members of the royal family? Meanwhile, here are some great aristocratic registration which would grace anyone’s car:

Find your Royal-themed number plate

It may take some time to replace all the post boxes - some still bear the insignia of Charles’ great, great, great grandmother (VR). But it doesn't take long to change your number plate.

There is a wealth of possibilities open to His Royal Highness, and you can use our general search to find your perfect plate, whether it be a name, word, your initials, or something else really special.

Here to help

If you need any help, call one of our sales team on 01582 967777. Despite the attraction of a day off, our sales advisors will be available to take your call all over the coronation bank holiday weekend!

We offer His Royal Highness King Charles III our congratulations and best wishes on his investiture.

Royal Mail postbox

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK, are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA-registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated with the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, learn how to transfer private plates before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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