England is in mourning. On April 9, Buckingham Palace announced the dreaded death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her dear husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”, announced the official statement from the palace, specifying that the husband of Elizabeth II had passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip Mountbatten, 99, was hospitalized “as a precaution” on February 16 at King Edward VII Hospital in London, before being transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he had undergone heart surgery.
According to information relayed by the Daily Mail, the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in Winsdor in strict privacy, as Prince Philip wished before taking his last breath. This is not the only directive left by the Duke regarding his funeral. According to the Mail, the latter would have expressed, before his death, a very particular desire: that of being taken to the chapel of Windsor aboard a Land Rover specially fitted out to transport his coffin. “Put me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor,” the Duke allegedly once said to his wife, who decided to follow this curious directive to the letter. And for good reason, Prince Philip has never hidden his interest in design and engineering. During his lifetime, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved with 992 charities, many with a connection to scientific and technological research, being himself an automobile enthusiast.
A Defender 130 Gun Bus in bronze green color
Thus, the body of the late Prince Philip will be transported well to Windsor aboard a Land-Rover, a vehicle designed and commissioned by the Duke himself around the year 2016. According to information from the Daily Mail, it is would act of a Defender 130 Gun Bus model in bronze green color. At the entrance to Windsor Castle, Prince Philip’s coffin will be placed there by a selection of Grenadier Guards, members of the Sovereign’s House Guard. The vehicle will then take the path to the chapel, followed by his son Prince Charles of Wales and other members of the royal family, who will make the journey on foot. Prince Philip’s other sons, Princes Andrew and Edward, as well as his grandsons, Princes William and Harry, could take part in the procession. A protocol carefully put in place by the monarchy, although somewhat modified due to the Covid-19 pandemic raging in the United Kingdom since 2020.
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip © Agency