No, this won’t replace the wedding carriage.
Mini seems almost like they’re scared of ever being disassociated with the UK, with recent revisions adding things like Union Jack motifs to the taillights as well as the ability to add more flags to the cabin. But in perhaps the ultimate move to cement its British-ness, the company has created a one-off special edition of its Cooper S hatch to celebrate the union between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
We… don’t actually know what it’s called, because it seems that it hasn’t actually been given a name. Anyway, there’s no doubt that you’ll mistake this for any garden-variety Cooper S though. A variety of aesthetic changes have been offered up to make this thing feel special, which is has to be, as it’ll be auctioned off for the benefit of The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) after the pair say ‘I do.’
“As an iconic British brand with almost 60-years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special, charitable gift. The Mini Design team has created a one-off Mini Hatch for the occasion. Its specially-designed roof graphic combines with 3D personalised interior and exterior details, as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other.” — Oliver Heilmer, Designworks President, MINI
Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same 141kW and 280Nm on offer as on a standard Cooper S, but this isn’t about performance. This commemorative edition is about the aesthetics, which is why you’ll find things like bluish-silver accents across the bonnet and around the rear, while the roof is a mishmash of the Union Jack and Stars and Stripes.
You’ll also find a smattering of 3D-printed bits and bobs through the exterior and interior, like printed indicator surrounds, door sills, and dashboard trim. That dash trim features the names of the newlyweds with a heart in the middle, surrounded by messages and wishes from the team at MINI, which we’re struggling to dub as anything other than nauseating.
This commemorative Mini will go under the hammer sometime after the royal wedding, but there’s no telling how much will be eventually paid to bring home this rather quirky car.