Prince Philip’s coffin to be carried in Land Rover he helped modify
Prince Philip’s coffin will be carried in a Land Rover he helped customize during his funeral procession on Saturday at Windsor Castle, The Associated Press reports.
A Land Rover TD5 130 that was modified to the late Duke of Edinburgh’s liking between 2003 and 2019 will be used to transport his hearse to St. George’s Chapel, where the funeral and interment will occur.
Philip made several requests for changes to the vehicle since it was built when he was 82. The modifications included adding an open-top rear section with several stops to hold his coffin securely in place. He also requested that the color be changed to a dark bronze green to resemble military Land Rovers.
The final alteration was made when Philip turned 98, the AP noted.
Land Rover was “deeply privileged” to have helped create the vehicle for Philip, Thierry Bollore, Land Rover’s chief executive, told the AP.
Land Rover did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
The longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II died on April 9 at the age of 99. He had been in and out of the hospital in the months prior to his death.