Prince Phillip beloved Land Rovers a lot one will function a hearse throughout his funeral procession subsequent weekend.
The casket carrying the physique of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died final week on the age of 99, might be pushed to its last resting place at Frogmore Gardens, on the grounds of Windsor Citadel, in a customized Defender 130 Gun Bus, experiences The Drive. And this isn’t only a classic Land Rover that Queen Elizabeth II’s late husband beloved, it’s one he helped design.
The inexperienced Gun Bus was hand constructed by Foley Specialist Autos and delivered to the queen’s non-public house, the Sandringham Property, in 2016. Crafted to Prince Philip’s exacting specs, this mannequin is a decidedly luxurious tackle the utility car. It options an extra-long, 130-inch wheelbase, bolstered body, solely new rear passenger cabin, a great deal of hinged storage, massive opening home windows, two roof vents, LED lighting, a inexperienced leather-based inside and French Oak trim. The hulking 4x4s are utilized by the British Military, however we’d assume the royal, who was an avid hunter, doubtless used his whereas capturing sport.
“Now we have simply delivered a completely rebuilt 130 Defender Gun Bus to the Duke of Edinburgh to be used on one of many Estates,” the Land Rover specialists wrote in a 2016 Fb publish, which has now been made non-public. “Constructed to his specs within the conventional Deep Bronze Inexperienced to an ‘As New’ customary. Constructed onto a galvanized chassis and hand-built rear physique.”
It ought to come as no shock that Prince Philip had such an affinity for the English SUV maker; the marque is a royal household favourite. Queen Elizabeth’s father, George IV, was offered with the a hundredth Land Rover after it rolled off the road in 1948, in keeping with The Drive. And in 2016, the Queen and Prince Phillip rode round Windsor Citadel in a particular convertible Vary Rover waving on the the 1000’s of adoring onlookers who had gathered to want her a contented ninetieth birthday. Subsequent weekend’s procession will, in fact, mark a much more somber event, however it appears solely becoming that the prince’s last experience will in his beloved Defender.