Prince Philip’s funeral will take place this Saturday, April 17, eight days after his death. Due to the Covid, the religious ceremony organized in the Royal Chapel of Saint George will be held in a very small committee. It will start at 4 p.m. Before that, there will be the departure of the procession, at 3:40 pm The prince’s coffin will make the trip between Windsor Castle and the chapel, a few hundred meters long, on a Land Rover Defender.
The prince himself had defined the contours of his funeral, which was codenamed “Operation Forth Bridge”. He personally chose the Defender and participated in its design. This started several years ago. The last adjustments on the machine date back to 2019.
The brand started from a 2003 Defender 130. Behind the reduced interior there is a long surface to accommodate the coffin, held by metal fasteners. The prince had chosen a dark green shade for this Defender, in reference to his military past.
Prince Philip was a Land Rover enthusiast. He granted the brand a royal mandate over 40 years ago. It is also at the wheel of a Freelander that the Duke of Edinburgh had an accident in 2019. The images of the SUV lying on one of its sides had been around the world.
With AFP, Thierry Bolloré, new boss of Jaguar Land Rover, praised the “impressive knowledge” of Prince Philip and his “deep interest in automotive design, design and manufacture”.