Ford Transit in Royal delivery

The Ford Transit vans have been decorated in distinctive Palace livery and will be put to work in the 60 acres of gardens and 750 acres of parkland, but will not be used by the Royal family themselves.

The unoccupied palace is a popular tourist attraction and is home to the RHS flower show and world-famous famous. The gardens are kept in order by 44 staff, who will use the Ford Transit vans for gardens and estate operations, including landscaping work and maintenance.

The vans will also be used to transport stock to the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.

The Ford Transit is currently built at the Southampton plant, but production is set to move to Turkey when the new generation arrives in 2012.

The Royal Family have a history of using British-built vehicles, and the Queen has often been seen in a Land Rover over the years. The Land Rovers are not standard models however. Instead, they have been redesigned with bulletproof protection and ultimate luxury inside.

The Ford Transits at Hampton Court Palace may not be bulletproof, but they will provide essential transport for staff on the estate.

Graham Dillamore, gardens and estates operations manager for Historic Royal Palaces., said: "We chose the Transit because of its ready availability, ease of maintenance and staff familiarity."