Prince Charles travels to the Commonwealth Games in a vintage car that runs on wine and cheese

If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that vintage never goes out of style.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall recently proved that when they turned heads at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, arriving in a vintage Aston Martin DB6.

Prince Charles originally purchased the now classic car in 1970. After decades of ownership and with growing awareness of the environmental impacts over the years, Prince Charles later decided to convert the car to run on biofuels – in this case, cheese and wine. Well, ethanol created from cheese and wine making whey not technically fit for human consumption.

Carried out by Aston Martin specialist RS Williams, the conversion process was not easy. In 2018, Prince Charles said Wallpaper magazine, “It was difficult. I even tried to run the Royal Train with old chip grease. It seemed like other countries were way ahead of us when it came to alternative fuels, but then we discovered a wonderful company near here that specializes in turning waste into fuels.

Much to Prince Charles’ delight, cheesy rolling ended up making an already fast car even faster. “Don’t ask me to explain how it all works,” he said. “I’m more of a handyman than an engineer.”

This isn’t the deli motor vehicle’s first major appearance. Decked out in ribbons, balloons and a license plate reading ‘JU5T WED’, the Aston Martin took Prince William and Kate Middleton after their wedding in 2011.

The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and bring together multi-sport athletes from across the Commonwealth of Nations. This year, the Games are taking place in Birmingham, England, which explains the royal presence.

Prince Charles, 73, and Camilla, 75, opened the games on behalf of his mother Queen Elizabeth, amid ongoing mobility issues.

Prince Charles read a special message from the Queen: “Over the years, bringing together so many people for the ‘Friendly Games’ has created memorable shared experiences, established long-standing relationships and even created friendly rivalries! Most importantly, they remind us of our connection to each other, wherever we are in the world, as members of the Commonwealth family of nations.

—Hayley Santaflorentina

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