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Prince Philip personally modified a Land Rover to carry his coffin

A modified Land Rover designed by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip himself to carry his coffin.

The duke, who died at the age of 99 last week, worked on creating the bespoke hearse for 16 years, starting in 2003.

His modifications include the open top rear section, where his coffin will rest, and the military green colour.




On the day of the funeral, the Land Rover Defender will be used to carry his coffin to St George’s Chapel.

The Land Rover hearse was among the details of the ceremonial royal funeral released by Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Edinburgh began creating his own hearse in collaboration with Land Rover in 2003, the year he turned 82.



The duke, who served in the Royal Navy in World War Two, requested that the original Belize Green bodywork be switched to Dark Bronze Green, a colour used for many military Land Rovers.

He also designed the open top rear section where his coffin will rest, made to his exact specifications, including the rubber grips on silver metal pins known as the “stops” or “stoppers” which prevent the coffin from moving.

The vehicle also has matching green wheel hubs, a black front grille, a single cab and no registration plates.

The Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull and the duke oversaw the modifications for several years, making the final adjustments in 2019, the year he turned 98.

The vehicle’s original role would have been to transport the duke from Wellington Arch in central London to Windsor, 22 miles away, but the coronavirus pandemic curtailed those long-held plans.

The duke used Land Rovers throughout his adult life and granted his Royal Warrant to Land Rover more than 40 years ago.

According to Buckingham Palace, the ceremonial parts of the funeral are in line with the duke’s wishes.