From sailing with his daughter or barbecuing with his grandchildren, Prince Philip was a man of many talents and hobbies. He passed away peacefully on April 9th and now the world will be joined together to celebrate his life on Saturday, April 17th.
Prince Philip's Funeral Request
Prince Philip has been fascinated with engineering since he was young and had a special affinity for Land Rover's. He's always driven a landrover and has modified Land Rover's for different events and tours.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been seen throughout his wife's entire reign with his favorite Land Rover's, during parades, sports viewings, and he was even famously involved in a car accident in one of his personal Rover.
Over 16 years ago Prince Philip began designing the hearse that was to be used during his funeral. According to Hello!, he chose the Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle and has been designing and overseeing the modifications since 2003. He even made the final adjustments in 2019.
He had the vehicle painted military "Dark Bronze" green and designed the back to be open-top and with silver metal pins with rubber grips on "stoppers" to hold his coffin. The Rover is well built and with a military utilitarian feel that shows his practical side and his eye for well-executed design.
The Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, said to Hello!, "We are also honoured that the Land Rover which the duke designed will be used at the funeral on Saturday. The Duke was a tremendous champion for design, engineering, and technology."
"During his visits to our sites, he engaged with hundreds of employees and demonstrated his impressive knowledge and deep interest in vehicle design, engineering, and manufacturing. The Duke was a truly remarkable man and will be greatly missed."
Prince Philip served in World War II and became one of the youngest lieutenants of the Royal Navy at 21-years-old. So the Royal will be honored as a veteran in his funeral service. The Prince's efforts will finally be displayed on Saturday.