Prince Phillip's Land Rover hearse has been unveiled
The converted Defender will carry him to his final resting place on April 17
The late Prince Phillip was very much into his cars. He was a particularly big fan of Land Rovers; he drove them all throughout his adult life and granted a Royal Warrant to Land Rover over 40 years ago. It only seems appropriate then that the car that would take him for his last ride would be a Land Rover. That particular Land Rover, a bespoke project designed in accordance with the departed Prince's wishes, has now been revealed to the public.
The hearse, a project that was started 18 years ago, is based on a Land Rover Defender TD 130 chassis that was extensively modified to be able to carry Phillip's coffin. The open-topped rear section was custom-made for the vehicle and carried out to Phillip's specifications. In a big nod to the late Prince's extensive military background (he served in the Royal Navy during World War II), the Land Rover is painted in a dark green colour used for many military Land Rovers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson remarked in Parliament earlier this week that it seemed fitting that Prince Phillip would want to be taken to his final resting place on a Land Rover. "That vehicle's unique and idiosyncratic silhouette reminds the world that he was above all a practical man, who could take something very traditional – whether a machine or indeed a great national institution – and find a way by his own ingenuity to improve it, to adapt it for the 20th or the 21st century."
Prince Phillip's funeral will be broadcast on Saturday April 17 from 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10 UK time on BBC One. It'll also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster from 14:00-16:10. It will be a ceremonial funeral, in accordance with the Prince's wishes, and have a limited number of guests due to COVID-19 restrictions. The mourners will include his grandson Prince Harry, who has flown over from the US to attend, and three of Prince Phillip's German relatives.