Grey Land Rover Defender hearse decorated with flowers ready for funeral ceremony

Land Rover Defender Hearse

A Medway undertakers says it has seen an increase in interest for its special hearse since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Prince Philip’s coffin was carried to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on the back of a Land Rover Defender he spent 16 years designing.

Terry Allen Funeral Service was one of the first in the country to incorporate the iconic British brand into its fleet.
Mr Allen, who owned the vehicle and ran the business for 24 years, died two years ago.

Fittingly, the 62-year-old was taken to the chapel at Blue Bell Hill Crematorium in the specially-converted Defender Station Wagon, with the cortege led by his son Mark. Nicola Pantrey, who works at the company’s Strood office, said: “It has always been popular but there has been an increase in interest since the prince’s funeral.”

“It seems to be popular for outdoor types and royalists.”

“It’s been in the family for some time and when Terry died it was passed on to Mark.”

“The vehicle itself is very versatile and can be used in bad weather and on slippery terrain.”

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