Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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Prince of cars It was revealed that Audi has been enticing royal customers with 60 per cent discounts.

It is not the first car company to target royalty to build its image.

- In 1898 the Daimler Motor Company of Coventry offered the Prince of Wales the use of five cars on a visit to Warwick Castle.

- The generosity was richly rewarded: in 1902, as King Edward VII, he ordered a 22 HP model from the company and bestowed a royal warrant.

- Daimler remained the sole supplier of vehicles to the Royal Family until 1949 when, after a gearbox failure in a Daimler given to him as a wedding present, Prince Philip ordered a Rolls-Royce instead.

Behind the veil A ban on wearing burqas came into effect in France. Some estimates for the number of burqa-wearers in European countries:

France 7-2000

Holland 400

Belgium 215

Sweden 100

Denmark 3

There is no published estimate for the UK, but at least three girls' schools specify a burqa or niqab as uniform, enough to take the number of wearers above that of any other western European country. …

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