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First Look At Prince Philip's Custom Land Rover Hearse He Will Be Carried To Funeral In

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First Look At Prince Philip's Custom Land Rover Hearse He Will Be Carried To Funeral In

The bespoke Land Rover hearse that will carry Prince Philip's coffin has been revealed.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday (9 April) and will be laid to rest on Saturday (17 April) at 3pm.

His coffin will be carried to St George's Chapel in a modified Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle, which he spent 16 years helping to design.

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The Defender was made at Land Rover's factory in Solihull in 2003 and over the intervening years he oversaw the modifications, including a military green repaint, the open top rear and the stops to secure his coffin in place - which were made to his exact specifications.

The vehicle will ferry Philip's coffin in a slow procession from the state entrance of Windsor Castle through the grounds to the west steps of St George's Chapel, followed by the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family on foot.

Thierry Bollore, Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive, hailed Philip's 'impressive knowledge and deep interest in vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing'.

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He 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.

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"The duke was a truly remarkable man and will be greatly missed."

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In a statement from the Royal Family, details of the funeral arrangements were announced.

The statement read: "On Saturday 17 April, The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be moved by a Bearer Party found by The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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"Positioned in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will be representative detachments drawn from His Royal Highness's military special relationships.

Prince Philip died at the age of 99. Credit: PA
Prince Philip died at the age of 99. Credit: PA

"His Royal Highness's coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which The Duke was involved in the design of - flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St George's Chapel, for the Funeral Service.

"Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh's Household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute's Silence at 1500hrs."

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The statement continued: "It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral - something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice."

Tributes to Prince Philip have poured in from across the globe since the news of his passing.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."

During the course of his career as Prince Consort, Philip became known as one of the busiest members of the royal family, having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

He also gave a total of 5,496 speeches and somehow found time to write 14 books.

However, he stepped back from royal engagements in 2017 when he officially retired at 96 - joking that he was 'the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler'.

It is believed that Prince Philip's retirement from active office was not due to ill health, although he had suffered a number of health problems over the course of the last decade.

He had exploratory surgery on his abdomen the following year and began using hearing aids the year after that, before retiring from public duty in 2017.

More recently, he was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London as a precautionary measure after 'feeling unwell'.

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Topics: prince philip, UK News, Car, Royals, Cars

Jake Massey
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