The send-off for Prince Philip will be a royal funeral like no other, not least since his casket will be brought in a bespoke Land Rover hearse he helped to design himself.
It’s a break from royal custom– but his choice is not unusual. Alternative hearses have actually become progressively popular over the last few years as people opt for more personalised funeral services.
” We’re absolutely busier than we’ve ever been,” stated Clare Brookes, proprietor of Volkswagen Funerals in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, which supplies VW campervan hearses as well as a Morris Minor hearse. “Certainly considering that the pandemic, I have actually seen individuals have desired alternatives in the way they take a trip to the service since they can’t have many individuals there.
” Anything goes nowadays. If you’re into Land Rovers, then a Land Rover is the only method to go– why would you want to enter a Mercedes? If any person sent me out in anything however a Volkswagen, I ‘d definitely return to haunt them.”
Marian Sinclair’s fleet of bike hearses has actually grown to 14 as an outcome of increasing demand throughout the years, and includes Harley-Davidsons, Victory Bonnevilles and Suzuki Hayabusas.
Bike Funerals in Measham, Leicestershire, was set up by her late hubby Rev Paul Sinclair in 2002 when he observed a lot of his motorbiking pals were being transported to their funeral services in vehicles. “It’s good for individuals to be able to opt for a bang the very same method they have actually lived as a cyclist,” said Sinclair. “But we likewise have individuals who have no affiliation whatsoever with motorcycles, they simply love the idea of something various.”
Deborah Smith from the National Association of Funeral service Directors stated there has actually been a real boom in alternative hearses in the last few years. “You can have a leopard print hearse, there’s a rainbow hearse down in Brighton, there’s pink hearses, motorbike hearses, bicycle hearses, a doubledecker bus, a truck, a fire engine,” she stated.
” We are seeing a great deal of really magnificently personalised funerals that actually consider people’s lives, their interests, their dreams, and [Prince Philip’s Land Rover hearse] is a brilliant example of that. This is an automobile that is truly important to the duke.”
The Duke of Edinburgh was typically seen behind the wheel of a Land Rover, and was driving one until he surrendered his driving licence after a car crash in 2019.
” Prince Philip’s passion has constantly been the Land Rover and there’s also a nice connection to the Queen’s function as a mechanic during the wartime. So I believe it’s dazzling that he’s decided to do that,” said Brookes.
” I reckon this might begin a little bit of a motion like David Bowie finished with his direct cremation. I believe people will begin to realise there’s more option out there.”
Smith stated “gradually but definitely” there has actually been a pattern towards people preparing their own funerals, and she hoped the Duke of Edinburgh’s hearse– thought to be a modified Defender 130 Weapon Bus– will motivate more people to consider their own funeral services.
” When a funeral ends up being a topic of national conversation, as it has this weekend, it does make individuals begin to think of what they may like which’s always extremely important,” she said. “We’re not comfy as a society speaking about the end of life but the more we can discuss it, the much easier it is for our households when the time comes.”