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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, April 12, 2021

Land Rover 'gun bus' to carry Prince Philip's casket to funeral

GunbusPrince Philip, who passed away on April 9 at the age of 99, apparently had less than traditional plans for the transportation of his casket.

According to Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip's casket will be carried through the grounds of Windsor Castle to his funeral in a custom Land Rover Defender 130. 

The Land Rover was built by Foley Specialist Vehicles for the Duke of Edinburgh in 2016 and is referred to as the Land Rover 'gun bus.' The Duke of Edinburgh helped design the vehicle that belonged to Prince Philip. 

The rover was built to "carry hunting parties around the grounds of one of the royal family's Sandringham House Estate." 

The Land Rover has been "further modified" for funeral use, which Prince Philip assisted with himself. 

Although caskets bearing members of the royal family have traditionally been transported by horse-drawn gun carriages, Prince Philip seemly wished to take a different route, which makes since as he and Queen Elizabeth were often seen taking their strolls in Land Rovers. 

See Gary Gastelu, Land Rover 'gun bus' to carry Prince Philip's casket to funeral, Fox News, April 12, 2021. 

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