Queen Elizabeth Receives Best Birthday Present In British History (Video)

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June 5, 2014 Updated: June 6, 2014

Queen Elizabeth was given an incredible belated 80th birthday present — a carriage made with gold, jewels and even wood from Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree. Reports say it cost $5 million to build.

The decorations make up only a fraction of the value of the rolling time machine. According to the Daily Mail, priceless fragments from more than 100 famous British buildings make up the body of the coach.

It features wood from Henry VIII’s warship the “Mary Rose,” the Tower of London, and even Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree. Small squares of the historic artifacts join together to form the carriage’s body.

Although it was intended for the Queen’s 80th birthday eight years ago, it took nine years to build the coach because it was privately financed. Australian Jim Frecklington, the creator of the carriage, was so determined to complete the project that he even mortgaged his house.

“I wanted to create something very special to mark the Queen’s reign. Our present Queen will go down in history as one of the greatest monarchs that’s ever lived and I thought something very special – a tangible item – should be produced,” Frecklington told The Guardian.

For all its history, the vehicle isn’t without some modern touches, including electric windows and heaters.

According to The Telegraph, the Queen rode in it to the opening of Parliament Wednesday, but the beautiful piece will be displayed at the Buckingham Palace beginning Sunday.

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