The special significance of Prince Philip's hearse

Anya Meyerowitz
·1-min read
Photo credit: WPA Pool
Photo credit: WPA Pool

As the country watches Prince Philip's funeral begin on BBC One, many viewers might be unaware of the special significance of the hearse that could be seen pulling up in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

For 16 years, Prince Philip, who died on 9th April at the age of 99, designed and modified a Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle to be his hearse.

Prince Philip loved Land Rovers and drove them for most of his life, and this modified vehicle will shortly take his coffin in a procession that will start at the state entrance of Windsor Castle and through the grounds to St. George's Chapel, where the service will take place.

According to Sky News, the Land Rover was built in 2003 at a factory in Solihull, England.

At the age of 82, Philip began modifying the vehicle in collaboration with the Land Rover company. He had it repainted a green colour in a nod to the prince's military service.

The final details of the modification were completed in 2019 when Philip was 98, according to the AP.

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