Prince Philip’s Land Rover hearse ‘inspired by tongue-in-cheek joke he shared with the Queen’
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Prince Philip was laid to rest on Saturday April 17 after his death at the age of 99 on April 9.
The Queen’s husband’s funeral was attended by only 30 people in line with Covid measures, with guests including his beloved children, grandchildren and friends.
Prince Philip’s casket was covered with his personal standard along with his sword, naval cap and wreath of flowers, and he was placed in a Land Rover hearse, which he spent 16 years adapting, for his final journey.
And according to repots, the idea behind the hearse actually started out as a joke, with Philip telling the Queen that, if he died, she should “stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”.
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However, this then turned into a reality and the late Duke designed the Land Rover.
Speaking to the Mirror, the chief engineer, Steve Routlec, said: “The Duke’s Land Rover had been in there for a decade, being regularly serviced and looked after for when it might be needed.”
Very few people knew about the Land Rover, aside from the 30 engineers who had worked on it.
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It’s believed the late Duke of Edinburgh chose the Land Rover simply because he loved them, and he’d been driving the vehicles for decades.
Prince Philip oversaw modifications made to the Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle over the past few years.
The Land Rover was made at the manufacturers' factory in Solihull in 2003, with Prince Philip requesting a repaint in military green and designing the open top rear, with special "stops" in place to secure the coffin.
Meanwhile, the cushions display medals and decorations awarded to Prince Philip by the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.
Prince Philip's funeral
The cushions include his Field Marshal's baton, Royal Air Force Wings and insignia from Denmark and Greece, the countries of which he was born into the Royal families of.
In preparation for her final goodbye to her husband Prince Philip, The Queen went out of her way to get a wreath made with flowers that meant something to the Royal couple.
Her Majesty, who chose not to sit in the front row for the service, chose white lilies, small white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, white sweet peas and jasmine for the wreath.
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Each flower was carefully selected and chosen because of it's significance to the pair over their 73 years of marriage.
As well as being a sign of respect or remembrace, the white rose is the flower of June, which is Prince Philip's birth month.
White lilies represent rebirth and Jasmine flowers are used to show a departure or sharing thanks.
The white wax flowers symbolise an everlasting love or a relationship that deals with trials and tribulations. The beautiful wreath was placed on top of the coffin.
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