The Anonymous Widower

Thoughts On The Duke’s Land Rover Hearse

This article on The Times is entitled The Land Rover hearse: a vehicle fit for the Duke of Edinburgh’s final journey.

I made this comment.

There’s a church near me in Hackney, where in less restricting times, you regularly saw a horse-drawn funeral. These must cost a fortune to maintain and provide.

I remember seeing a report on the BBC about an undertaker, who has created a motorcycle and sidecar hearse for the funerals of those of a certain persuasion.

I can imagine some of my farming and off-road enthusiast friends liking the idea of being taken to their funeral in a hearse made from a Land-Rover. As you say, it would have a certain style.

There are even conversions, so that old Defenders can be converted to run on battery power, so the hearse could be zero-carbon too!

I have just heard Giles Brandreth on the BBC, who as the biography of the Duke, was at the funeral, as a reporter. He said that he had talked to the Commander of the Guards, who had walked alongside the hearse in the procession. He related how the driver had difficulty keeping the speed down with a lot of slipping of the clutch and noise from the diesel engine.

As I said in my comment to The Times article, perhaps the hearse should have been battery-powered. But then surely, this should apply to a fair proportion of all hearses.

April 18, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. The driver shouldn’t have had a problem going slowly in a defender as with the transfer box in low ratio and the gearbox in first, it will happily go at about 1mph on tickover. I have one.

    Comment by John | April 18, 2021 | Reply

  2. The Land rover was a bit of a surprise. The Duke had an Electric Taxi and an Electric van for shopping in London. I saw them on Top Gear a few years ago.

    Comment by jagracer | April 18, 2021 | Reply

  3. Interesting to ponder that a horse drawn vehicle would not be zero emission (in a variety of ways beyond the most obvious kind needing a shovel).

    Comment by MilesT | April 19, 2021 | Reply


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