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Prince Philip's Coffin To Be Carried In Land Rover He Helped Design

Dominic Smithers

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Prince Philip's Coffin To Be Carried In Land Rover He Helped Design

Prince Philip's coffin is to be carried in the Land Rover he helped design, it has been revealed.

Plans for Prince Philip's funeral have been released, with the 99-year-old to be laid to rest on 17 April.

In a statement from the Royal Family, it was confirmed that the funeral will take place at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor.

And in line with his own personal wishes, Prince Philip's coffin will be transported in the vehicle he had a hand in designing.

The announcement reads: "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.

"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."

The statement continues: "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."

The sad news of Prince Philip's passing was confirmed in a statement from his wife Queen Elizabeth II.

Sharing the news on the Royal Family's Twitter account, Her Majesty said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute and 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'.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Family

Dominic Smithers
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