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Old Apr 30, '11, 7:44 pm
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Default Prince William's Aston-Martin--what's up with the L-plate?

Prince William's Aston-Martin convertible had an L-plate on the grill--what's with that? It signifies that the driver is a "learner," watch out for him/her. Does Wills not have his full driver's license yet?

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Old Apr 30, '11, 7:47 pm
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Prince William's Aston-Martin convertible had an L-plate on the grill--what's with that? It signifies that the driver is a "learner," watch out for him/her. Does Wills not have his full driver's license yet?

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Old Apr 30, '11, 8:12 pm
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It was a practical joke that someone played on him.
That's kinda what I thought (<snicker>).

(We lived in England for 4 years, and my older son got his license there; we're familiar with L-plates.)

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Old Apr 30, '11, 8:49 pm
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Default Re: Prince William's Aston-Martin--what's up with the L-plate?

Didn't you notice that the 'L' plate had love hearts on it? Obviously it was 'L' for love, not 'L' for learner driver.

Wills and Harry are both very much rev-heads, so there's no way they aren't both fully licensed for bikes, cars and all manner of other vehicles.
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It was a practical joke that someone played on him.
I had to Google "L-Plate" to see what it meant... it's used primarily in the countries which were part of the British Empire.

After a year of satisfactory driving, the "L-Plate" ("Learner") or "P-Plate" ("Probationary") (since the driver just passed the driving exam) is superseded by an "R-Plate" ("Restricted" because of inexperience) if I read the article correctly.
There is also "D-Plate" in use somewhere as well...

But being a gear-head myself, I was quite aware that both "Wills" and "Harry" are car and bike crazies, and certainly must have their full driving privileges already, even if it was because of Royal intervention or proclamation. Must be nice having an Aston drop-top as a young newlywed... beats the heck outta my wheels at a similar age...
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I had to Google "L-Plate" to see what it meant... it's used primarily in the countries which were part of the British Empire.

After a year of satisfactory driving, the "L-Plate" ("Learner") or "P-Plate" ("Probationary") (since the driver just passed the driving exam) is superseded by an "R-Plate" ("Restricted" because of inexperience) if I read the article correctly.
There is also "D-Plate" in use somewhere as well...
How about a G-Plate for geriatric and DD-plate for those with history of DWI?
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Or an I plate to indicate 'Italian or of Italian descent'.

Don't get cross, I'm half Italian.
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I didn't watch the wedding, but saw a picture of the car & L Plate in a newspaper.

As someone else said, L Plates are used to signify learner drivers in the UK (I am from scotland).

However, the Plates are also frequently associated with wedding celebrations - its a light hearted joke, showing the couple are newly married and so are just "learning" how to live together as man and wife.

If the couple driving off in a car together is part of the celebration, then it will frequently sport L Plates as a sign of their new marriage and commitment (in addition to other decorations, such as balloons, ribbons and even dragging empty cans attached to strings).

Sometimes, women (brides) on hen nights (bachelorette type party) may also wear L Plates as part of fancy dress, again to signify that they are entering a new phase of their life, one they have no experience of yet and so they are a "learner".
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Default Re: Prince William's Aston-Martin--what's up with the L-plate?

First of all, its not William's car, its one that the queen gave Charles for his 21st birthday.
And it was apparently Prince Harry who decorated it. Complete with balloons, learner's plate on the front, & "JU5T WED" plate on the back.
At least, so say the royal watchers on NBC & ABC.

Actually, they were discusssing it because everyone was so surprised that anyone but Charles had been allowed near it. It is apparently his pride & joy, & no one but him has ever been let near it in all these years...until the wedding.
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I didn't watch the wedding, but saw a picture of the car & L Plate in a newspaper.

As someone else said, L Plates are used to signify learner drivers in the UK (I am from scotland).

However, the Plates are also frequently associated with wedding celebrations - its a light hearted joke, showing the couple are newly married and so are just "learning" how to live together as man and wife.

If the couple driving off in a car together is part of the celebration, then it will frequently sport L Plates as a sign of their new marriage and commitment (in addition to other decorations, such as balloons, ribbons and even dragging empty cans attached to strings).

Sometimes, women (brides) on hen nights (bachelorette type party) may also wear L Plates as part of fancy dress, again to signify that they are entering a new phase of their life, one they have no experience of yet and so they are a "learner".

Thanks for that posting; Miss Bonnie and I had no idea. Interesting custom.

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Prince Charles was regretting (a bit) trusting Prince William with his beloved car, because PW forgot to release the hand brake on their trip! http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/se...rtin-handbrake
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