Its a right royal rolls

A TOUCH of royalty has arrived in Ipswich, it was revealed today.A stunning 1969 Rolls-Royce State Limousine, which featured in the hit film The Queen, is being stored at self-storage company HomeStore at Ransomes Europark.

A TOUCH of royalty has arrived in Ipswich, it was revealed today.

A stunning 1969 Rolls-Royce State Limousine, which featured in the hit film The Queen, is being stored at self-storage company HomeStore at Ransomes Europark.

John Taylor, HomeStore branch manager, said: “The owners had struggled to find anywhere suitably spacious and secure near their new base in Suffolk.

“They needed to store their fleet of hearses and limousines safely.

“This particular hearse was by far the most valuable in the fleet (valued at �80,000 by the Rolls-Royce enthusiasts club for insurance purposes).

“It's a collectors' item on account of its film memorabilia connection.”

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The Queen, released in 2006, starred Dame Helen Mirren and won an Oscar for its depiction of the monarch's struggles following the death of Princes Diana.

And Mr Taylor said the limousines have been a real head-turner.

“It is just fantastic,” he said. “We do store cars and motor vehicles but when the limousines drove down Ransomes Europark it was a bit of an eye-opener for everybody to see three gleaming cars waltz into the facility.”

Thousands of items of personal and business property have been stored at HomeStore since its opening in 2008. One of the most unusual items was a concert grand piano.

Have you got an unusual possession with special significance? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

FACTFILE

n. The Queen is a 2006 British drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Helen Mirren in the title role of Queen Elizabeth 11. It also starred Michael Sheen who played Tony Blair.

n. The film exceeded box-office expectations and earned $56.4 million in the United States and has a worldwide gross of $120 million.

n. Helen Mirren's performance earned her acclaim from critics around the world and she won an Oscar for Best Actress.

n. The film also won Best Film at the BAFTA Awards.

n. Mirren praised the Queen in her Oscars acceptance speech and was invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace in May 2007. But she had to decline due to filming commitments in America.