Royal biographer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth led a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and his love of Land Rover’s. Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Sunday, he told the show how Prince Philip “got the last laugh” by having a customised Land Rover take his coffin to his final resting place. He said despite giving up driving after an accident in 2017, the Duke was allowed a final journey in a Land Rover.
Mr Brandreth said: “It was extraordinary to reflect on a remarkable life.
“The Duke of Edinburgh, when he was Prince Philip of Greece, he took his first journey 100 years ago.
“To a Greek Orthodox church to be baptised in an old Mercedes car which had once begun to the German Kaizer, that was 100 years ago.”
Mr Brandreth added: “And yesterday he took his last journey to St George’s Chapel in Windsor in a Land Rover hearse of his own design.”
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In a stunning tribute, Mr Brandreth added how the Duke was “devoted to Land Rovers” and recalled the horrific car crash which forced the Duke of Edinburgh to give up driving.
Mr Brandreth said: “He wrote off his own Land Rover at the time, went back to Sandringham House and ordered himself another one which arrived the next day.
“Then realised that maybe his driving days were over.”
But the royal author concluded: “He (The Duke) got the last laugh as he did make his exit on a Land Rover!”
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The world said goodbye to Prince Philip, ThE Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday as the Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the service at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
But Her Majesty the Queen was seen sitting alone throughout the funeral service for her late husband and other members of the Royal Family sat in sections divided by household bubbles.
Footage showing the Monarch was analysed by body language expert Judi James, who emphasised the poignancy of the moment, which reflected the coronavirus rules that are currently in place.
Ms James told Mail Online: “The Queen provided the most memorable moments, in her isolation in the chapel where she sat with her head dipped so low that her face was completely covered from view by her hat.
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“There was one moment when she paused and turned around before entering the chapel and it looked terribly poignant, almost as though she couldn’t face going in alone.”
Royal commentators echoed claims about the Queen’s grief, with some questioning whether a member of her bubble could have sat beside her.
Royal expert Charlie Proctor wrote on Twitter: “Was there really no room in St George’s Chapel for Lady Susan Hussey, The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, so Her Majesty didn’t have to sit alone?
“Lady Susan is in The Queen’s bubble and travelled in the car with her today.”