11. Edward was one of England’s first car drivers, making the new technology highly fashionable
In 1900, the pioneering automaker Daimler built a new car for the Prince. It was, quite simply, a car fit for a (future) king, complete with a 1,526-cc twin-cylinder aluminum engine and dual ignition. Instead of a tiller, it boasted a steering wheel, which the Prince loved. And, when the Prince put his foot down, the car could hit a top speed of 24mph! Thanks to the Prince’s early enthusiasm, the Royal Family carried on using Daimlers as their official cars up until the 1950s, when they were replaced by Rolls Royce vehicles.