Prince Charles drives himself to event in vintage car powered by wine and cheese

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Now that’s how you make a grand entrance.

Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles made a spectacular entrance at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday when he drove his Aston Martin into the arena for the opening ceremony

The vintage sports car is powered by bioethanol which is derived from wine and cheese by-products.

The royal heir bought the car in 1970 and later modified it to run on biofuels, using ethanol from cheese-making whey and wine unfit for human consumption.

A longtime proponent of the environment, Charles warned in a 1970 speech, “We are faced at this moment with the horrific effects of pollution in all its cancerous forms.”

Since then the Duke of Cornwall has forcefully spoken out about climate change and has railed against the use of genetically modified food.

Prince Charles making an entrance to the commonweath games
Prince Charles made a stylish entrance to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
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Charles’ vintage Aston Martin made a memorable appearance at the 2011 wedding of his son, Prince William. Festooned with balloons and ribbons and a rear number plate that read “JU5T WED,” the Duke of Cambridge used it to drive his bride, Kate Middleton, away from the ceremony.

Camilla Parker Bowles in the vintage Astin Martin at the game
Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles joined him at the event in Birmingham, England.
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Charles and Camilla attended the official opening of the Commonwealth Games, which brings together all the countries of the Commonwealth in a sporting competition. The multi-sport competition, which happens every four years and is often dubbed “The Friendly Games” ends on Aug. 8 and is being held in Birmingham, England.

Prince William (L) and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Buckingham Palace in a car for Clarence House, following their wedding on April 29, 2011, in London.
The car also made an appearance after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
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Camilla also made a stylish entrance wearing a minimalist jumpsuit by one of her favorite designers, Anna Valentine.

Also present were Charles’ younger brother Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

A general view during The Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as Prince Charles and the Camilla Duchess of Cornwall look on at Alexander Stadium on July 28, 2022 on the Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The Duchess of Cornwall wore an Anna Walker outfit.
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At the ceremony, Charles read a special message penned by his mother, the Queen.

“Over the years, the coming together of so many for the ‘Friendly Games’ has created memorable shared experiences, established long-standing relationships, and even created some friendly rivalries. But above all they remind us of our connection with one another, wherever we may be in the world, as part of the Commonwealth family of nations,” she wrote.


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