Finished in military green and more than a decade in the making, the Land Rover used to carry Prince Philip’s coffin was a labour of love for the Duke of Edinburgh.
He worked on creating the bespoke hearse for 16 years and insisted on modifications including the open top rear section and special “stops” to secure his coffin in place.
The design reflected an unwavering love of innovation throughout the Royal’s life – a devotion which even earned him the moniker “gadget man” to Royal observers.
From tea-making machines to BBQ sausage and sauce trays, his life was a hive of madcap inventions worthy of an audience in the Dragons’ Den.
At the age of 10, he set up a workshop at his father’s castle, equipped with lathes, a forge and foundry.
And as a young naval officer he designed a system of fans, radiators and thermostats for…