Press release


A 'Royal visitor' was seen waving to MINI fans at the Rise and Shine gathering ahead of the drive from Boulder, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday morning.

Standing on top of Mindy Morrissey's black 2011 MINI Countryman was Queen Elizabeth II of England, wearing a lilac dress, white gloves and a tiara.

However, this Queen Elizabeth wasn't the real Queen of England. It was in fact a six-inch tall model of Her Royal Highness that Mindy, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, took on her MTTS drive to demonstrate her affinity to all things English. The regal model was even capable of performing an authentic royal wave.

Mindy, whose Countryman is her third MINI, was starting her first MTTS and was joined by her brother Chris driving a MINI Cooper S.