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The Duke of Edinburgh

Land Rover hearse designed by Prince Philip revealed

The specially designed Land Rover hearse that will carry the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel has been revealed by Buckingham Palace ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral Saturday afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh designed the green Land Rover that will be used this weekend. The project to design the vehicle began 18 years ago. The hearse is made from a Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab that was made Land Rover’s factory in Solihull in 2003.

Modifications included repainting the Land Rover from the original Belize Green to Dark Bronze Green to reflect the colour used in several military Land Rovers. Changes continued on the vehicle through 2019.

The dark green Land Rover designed by Prince Philip to carry his coffin
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About the Land Rover, Thierry Bolloré, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive said:

“We are deeply privileged to have enjoyed a very long and happy association with The Duke of Edinburgh over many decades. We are also honoured that the Land Rover which The Duke designed will be used at the funeral on Saturday. The Duke was a tremendous champion for design, engineering and technology. During his visits to our sites, he engaged with hundreds of employees and demonstrated his impressive knowledge and deep interest in vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing. The Duke was a truly remarkable man and will be greatly missed.”

Since its modification, Land Rover kept the vehicle and has worked with the Royal Household to prepare it for the funeral. The Duke’s children will walk behind the Land Rover hearse carrying their father’s casket. Three of Prince Philip’s grandsons will join the procession: Princes William and Harry and Peter Phillips. Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Lawrence and The Queen’s nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, will also walk behind the coffin. His Royal Highness’s staff will walk behind members of the Royal Family.

The Duke of Edinburgh favoured Land Rovers throughout his life and even gave them his Royal Warrant four decades ago. He paid many visits to Land Rover factories over the years and even joined The Queen in 2014 when she opened Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at 3 pm on Saturday, 17 April at St George’s Chapel and will televised across the globe.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.