Yeah baby! Mini sparkles for Markle

Riley Riley

Mini has prepared a special, one-off model to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

The “Royal” Mini will be auctioned to raise money for one of the couple’s chosen charities, The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA).

“As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” Head of Mini Design, Oliver Heilmer, said.

“The Mini Design team has created a one-off Mini hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed personalised interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery, to make this a Mini like no other.”

The car is finished in Crystal White, with Silver-blue accent strips and a black band that wraps around the car features a blue-tinted matt silver paint finish.

Recognisable design features in chrome, such as the frame for the hexagonal radiator grille, the door handles and the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights are topped off with a blue-black tinted clear coat, bringing modernity and a freshness of detail to the Mini.

Rear lights in Union Jack design and dark-blue matt metallic wheel rims put the finishing touches to its external appearance.

A particular highlight of the exterior is the multi-colour roof, with a hand painted graphic that brings together the colours of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s national flags – the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes.

The side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators have been 3D-printed and embellish the initials M and H with a heart and rings.

When the car is opened, they project an exclusive “Just Married” welcome on to the ground.

Satellite Grey leather has been chosen for the interior and provides the ideal backdrop against which to accentuate bespoke elements.

The blue-black tinted clear coat of the chrome exterior elements can also be found on selected chrome interior features.

The first names of the bride and groom, plus the wedding date and good wishes to the newlyweds have been added to the large trim strip ahead of the front passenger seat.

Another special feature of the interior is an accent inspired by the roof graphic, which is integrated into the trim strips in the doors, behind the steering wheel and into the head restraints.

On the latter, there is an abstract take on the Union Jack on one side and a Stars & Stripes perforation and stitching on the other.

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