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King's landau set to sell for £300k

A horse-drawn carriage built for King William IV is expected to fetch up to £300,000 at auction.

The restored travelling landau - which has deep claret body panels decorated with royal crests and English pattern iron shod red wheels with gold leaf lining - used to belong to the Royal Mews and dates from 1835.

It would have been used to ferry trusted representatives of the royal household across Britain and Europe and possibly the King himself on long journeys.

It was previously owned by US collector James Coson whose book on landaus included a foreword by keen carriage driver the Duke of Edinburgh, who described the Coson Collection as "the pride of North America".

The landau will come under the hammer at the Bonhams Carriage Collection sale in Oxford on March 7.

Known as the "Sailor King" and as "Silly Billy", William IV - the third son of George III - was king for just seven years from 1830 until 1837. His reign saw the passing of the Reform Act of 1832.

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