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The carriages at the Royal Mews are used for many different purposes, from Full State occasions to training the Cleveland Bays and Windsor Greys on their daily routine. This can lead to accidents and damage to the carriages; others may need attention or even restoration after long periods of use. Before 1982 these carriages would be sent back to their builders when they needed restoration. Now this work is done on site, in the Mews workshop.

Martin Oates is the Senior Carriage Restorer at the Royal Mews. Martin is the fourth generation of his family to have worked at the Royal Mews.