Following his death on Friday, April 9, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be carried in a custom-made Land Rover Defender 130 Gun Bus through Windsor Castle to his final resting place on Saturday. The late royal, who passed away at 99, had a hand in designing the vehicle himself.
Prince Philip was known for being a vehicle lover; he aided a Jaguar Land Rover engineer team more than a decade ago to create the vehicle that has been specially modified to carry his coffin. In his lifetime, the Duke was seen in various versions of vehicles made by his favored manufacturer. It was made to his specifications in traditional deep green and hand-built rear body.
The vehicle will be an integral part of the ceremony where the world will bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. The ceremony will take place at St. Georges Chapel at 3pm local time, with a capacity slimmed down to 30 people in adherence to the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions. Public access and processions will not be permitted, and the royal funeral will take place solely within the Windsor Palace. Under normal circumstances, the funeral would have witnessed around 800 guests, including heads of government and state worldwide.
A bearer party from the Grenadier Guards will be placing the coffin on the Land Rover before the vehicle begins the eight-minute journey to the steps of St.Georges Chapel. Behind the Land Rover, the Prince of Wales and other royal family members, the Dukes, other children and grandchildren will proceed on foot.