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Prince Philip will reportedly be carried in wool coffin on electric Land Rover


In a nod to his longstanding environmentalism, Prince Philip will reportedly receive an eco-friendly send-off – lying in a $1,200 wool coffin carried by an electric Land Rover.

The funeral Saturday for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in his sleep Friday at age 99, will reflect his green ideology, reported The Sun, which noted that he was among the first to highlight climate change in the 1950s.

Leverton and Sons, the London-based undertakers who organized Princess Di’s funeral in 1997, have been chosen to handle Prince Philip’s services, according to the news outlet.

The company, which employed Britain’s first all-electric hearse, also were involved in arrangements for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, The Sun reported.


Company director Clive Leverton said: “You see someone who has been forever in the newspapers, and then you see their dead body in front of you. But we are not there to stand around and weep.

“It was the same with Diana, although that was quite traumatic because of the circumstances,” he added.

AW Hainsworth, a company that manufactures wool coffins and made the military uniforms worn by Prince William and Prince Harry at their weddings, will make the coffin for the late consort of Queen Elizabeth II, according to the report.

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“I met the Duke of Edinburgh on several occasions,” company director Thomas Hainsworth told The Sun on Sunday.

“Once was at the Queen’s Award for Innovation where I introduced myself and explained I was in ­textiles. He replied by saying, ‘Oh yes, a dying industry isn’t it?’” he said.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip
Leverton and Sons, the London-based undertakers who organized Princess Di’s funeral in 1997, have been chosen to handle Prince Philip’s services.
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In 2010, Prince Charles invited the company to exhibit at his Garden Party to Make a Difference to encourage sustainability.

“I have discovered a company that makes a woollen coffin — coffins, ladies and gentlemen, to die for,” Charles said, jokingly.

The coffins, which feature a cotton lining and are made from three fleeces, are 100 percent biodegradable.

Hainsworth sales director Rachel Hainsworth said: “He liked the fact the coffins are environmentally friendly, but also the fact that by using British wool we are supporting Britain’s farmers.”

The hybrid Land Rover that will carry the coffin will be a Defender 130 Gun Bus, which the Duke helped design, The Sun reported.

The public will not be allowed to view the procession due to COVID restrictions.   

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