In 1964 the British Government donated an Austin Princess to the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. Dr. George Borg Olivier, Prime Minister, used this car during the Independence Ceremony, and it was used until change of Government in 1971.
The newly elected Prime Minister Dom Mintoff also used this Rolls Royce engined Vandem Plas as his official car until it was garaged after developing engine failure. A similar vehicle was bought from England and continued to be used by Mr Dom Mintoff until the end of his term in office.
The first Princess remained garaged in Government storage while the second was auctioned off to a private buyer.
For the first time in 45 years, these two historic Princesses, used by the above mentioned former Prime Ministers that were the authors for Malta's Independence and The Republic, will be reunited in front the Grand Master's Palace on the 20th of May during the Valletta Concours D'Elegance 2018.