First images of Land Rover hearse designed by Prince Philip revealed

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"Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor," Prince Philip famously said about his own funeral arrangements. He meant it - and, for the past 16 years, he's been working to make sure it happens.

This weekend, it will.

The bespoke hearse that will carry the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin this weekend has now been unveiled and the prince's vision for the vehicle reflects his no-fuss style.

The custom-made Land Rover, designed by the duke, is a Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab.

It was custom built over 16 years. Photo / Getty Images
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He began working on it in 2003, when he was 82. Work finished in 2019, when the prince was 98.

The open top rear has been modified to fit the coffin and features special rubber grips on silver pins to keep it secure.

The Prince also requested the original Belize Green paintwork be modified to Dark Bronze Green, to symbolise his links to the military.

The Duke of Edinburgh designed the vehicle himself. Photo / Getty Images
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Land Rover has maintained the vehicle since it was built and has prepared it for the funeral.

The company's chief executive, quoted by the Daily Mail, said the vehicle is a testament to Philip's interest in engineering and manufacturing.

'We are also honoured that the Land Rover which the duke designed will be used at the funeral on Saturday," chief executive Thierry Bollore said.

"The duke was a tremendous champion for design, engineering and technology.

The Prince was fond of his Land Rover vehicles. Photo / Getty ImagesPhoto / Getty

"During his visits to our sites he engaged with hundreds of employees and demonstrated his impressive knowledge and deep interest in vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing."

During the procession from Windsor to St George's Chapel, the Land Rover will be flanked by pallbearers reflecting the duke's special relationships with the military, the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.

This article was first published by the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.