Prince Philip’s funeral Land Rover and cushions featuring his military insignia pictured for the first time
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The Jaguar Land Rover which Prince Philip had a hand in designing, and will be used to transport his coffin at his funeral on Saturday, has been revealed.
Images have also been released of the Duke of Edinburgh's insignia, which has been sewn into cushions and placed at the altar in St George's Chapel — a touching nod to his military service after it was confirmed that no members of the Royal family will be wearing their military uniform.
The vehicle has been seen inside the grounds Windsor Castle, where the funeral will take place, ahead of the ceremony at the weekend.
Prince Philip oversaw modifications made to the Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle over the past few years.
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The Land Rover was made at the manufacturers' factory in Solihull in 2003, with Prince Philip requesting a repaint in military green and designing the open top rear, with special "stops" in place to secure the coffin.
Meanwhile, the cushions display medals and decorations awarded to Prince Philip by the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.
The cushions include his Field Marshal's baton, Royal Air Force Wings and insignia from Denmark and Greece, the countries of which he was born into the Royal families of.
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It was reported on Wednesday night that The Queen had "banned" members of the Royal family from wearing their military uniforms at the ceremony.
When Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made the decision to permanently step down from royal duties in February, Harry was stripped of his military title as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he took over from his grandfather.
This would have meant that if military uniforms were worn to the funeral, Harry would be the only senior member of the family in a suit and tie.
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According to The Sun Online, insiders involved in planning for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday said Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 94, was the one to suggest all senior male members of the Royal Family wear suits and ties instead.
"It's the most eloquent solution to the problem," a military source told the publication, while a second insider said that "current thinking is no uniforms".
Harry, who has flown from the US in order to attend his grandfather's funeral, is said to have contacted his brother Prince William, father Prince Charles and cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ahead of their reunion to "park any disputes".
Prince Philip 1921-2021
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The funeral will be the first time he sees his family since his and wife Meghan's explosive Oprah Winfrey interview — in which he claimed William, 38, and Charles, 72, are "trapped" within the system of the Royal family.
A source said: "Despite everything that has gone on and the wounds are still pretty raw, everyone is hoping any disputes will be parked for another day.
"This is about giving the Duke the send off he deserves surrounded by his family," the insider continued to tell Mirror Online.
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