Prince Philip: Royal family 'knew this was coming' says expert
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The Duke reportedly once told the Queen to “stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor” upon his death. In sticking to his wishes, a Land Rover will carry the Duke on a short procession around Windsor Castle before reaching St George’s Chapel for the service.
The vehicle is a modified version of the previous Defender 130 which the Duke adored.
The car is commonly known as a “gun bus” as it is often used to carry hunters around country estates during shooting weekends.
The model was purchased by Prince Philip in 2016 from bespoke designers at Foley Specialists Vehicles.
It is believed the Duke had a hand in the design of the model as he had a close relationship with Land Rover.
The car has been specially modified to be able to carry a coffin making it the perfect tribute to the Duke on the day of the funeral.
According to experts at Foley, the car has also been fitted with LED lighting and special green leather.
The Duke’s love for the car manufacturer is no secret and he has been behind the wheel of several models over the past 50 years.
An L322 third-generation Land Rover is still based at the Queen’s Balmoral estate and has been driven over 80,000 miles in 11 years.
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The Duke got behind the wheel of an L406 model to drive US President Barack Obama in 2016.
Prince Philip also escaped injury after a horrific accident behind the wheel of a Land Rover at the Sandringham estate in 2007.
He was then spotted driving a replacement Land Rover just two days after the accident.
However, the Duke voluntarily gave his driving licence to the DVLA a month later, retiring from driving.
Buckingham Place confirmed the Land Rover was part of the “original plans” for the funeral service.
It is believed without any coronavirus restrictions in place, the car would have been used to transport the coffin from London to Windsor.
This would have allowed members of the public to line the route to pay their last respects to the Duke.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke had a great interest in design so that is where the involvement of the Land Rover comes from.
“The Land Rover was very much part of the original plans as approved by the Duke.”
Land Rover posted a special tribute to the Duke on news of his death last Friday.
They said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and Royal Family.
“The Duke devoted his life to public service and made a significant contribution to UK manufacturing, engineering and design.”
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