Casket carried by army-spec Defender on eight-minute procession
Land Rovers an integral part of life of Royals
Prince Phillip’s body will be transported in his funeral procession in a vehicle he designed himself. The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have planned ahead designing a custom Land Rover to carry him to his final resting place on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It’s expected to be a modified version of a Land Rover Defender 130 Gun Bus military vehicle. The Daily Telegraph reports that when the Prince first fell ill earlier this year that a team of Army mechanics went through the vehicles replacing components and readying them for the task. The Duke already had a similar Land Rover Defender for use on the Sandringham estate.
The report suggests the hearse could have an open-top, though the details are being kept closely guarded by officials. The design and preparations were completed by a team coming from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, it says.
Buckingham Place unveiled the request for the Land Rover when they announced the details of the COVID-limited funeral procession. “They are specially commissioned Land Rover vehicles. They are modified to carry a coffin. The Duke of Edinburgh had a hand, many, many years ago, in the design of these vehicles. There are just two of them, of course, for belt and braces,” a palace official told the Telegraph.
Reports say that Prince Phillip had often told the Queen “just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor,” when discussing his final arrangements. And when you’re married to the Queen, you get your wish.