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The last mourner: In his Cub’s cap, wonderful image shows boy of eight who was the last in queue to see George VI lying in state
- Eight-year-old Mickey Bran was last individual to see King George VI lying in state
- The navy veteran, who is now 78, remembers the event with a heavy coronary heart
- Mr Bran says seeing the Queen lying in state on TV brings again all the recollections
- He wished to go to Westminster Hall and Queen’s funeral however had main surgical procedure
Cloaked in an infinite blanket and dutifully prepared to take away his Cub’s cap, eight-year-old Mickey Bran earned a minor place in royal historical past as the last individual in the queue to see King George VI lying in state.
Now, 70 years on, Mr Bran remembers the event with a heavy coronary heart.
‘It was daunting,’ the 78-year-old navy veteran mentioned from his residence in Gosport, Hampshire, after being tracked down by the Daily Mail.
‘I walked into Westminster Hall and had never seen anything like it before in my life. And I never thought I’d see it once more. But now we’ve seen it on a TV and it brings again recollections.’
Mr Bran mentioned he was in the queue on February 15, 1952, along with his father Bernard to pay his respects when he was approached by the Press.
‘The Press came up and they wanted somebody to go through last and make a story of it, so that was me.’
Eight-year-old Mickey Bran (pictured strolling into Westminster Hall) was the last individual to see King George VI lying in state in 1952 after spending round two hours ready
The press approached Mr Bran, who is now 78, and requested to image him. 70 years on, he remembers the event with a heavy coronary heart
Military veteran Mr Bran had a number of brushes with royalty throughout his 12 years in the Royal Navy and 19 years working for the London Fire Brigade, together with assembly the Queen in 1977 (pictured at entrance of line)
Mr Bran, who grew up in Colliers Wood, south London, mentioned he spent round two hours ready earlier than he filed silently in to see the coffin.
‘It was all different in those days – there were a couple of policemen, nobody was armed, there wasn’t all this safety.’
Mr Bran wished to see the Queen’s coffin however has had latest main knee surgical procedure
Mr Bran mentioned he and his spouse Brenda would have liked to have joined the queue once more to see the Queen lying in state, however he couldn’t as a result of of a long-standing knee damage which required main surgical procedure at the weekend.
‘And I would have been up there for the funeral, but I just can’t do it,’ he mentioned. Mr Bran had a number of brushes with royalty throughout his 12 years in the Royal Navy and 19 years working for the London Fire Brigade, together with assembly the Queen in 1977.
Mr Bran, inset, who has two daughters, two grandsons and two step-granddaughters, mentioned: ‘When I joined the Navy, I pledged my allegiance to the Queen and the country.
‘And even when I served in the fire service, we met the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh then. It means a lot to me, the Royal Family. Seeing the coffin in the hall again, it really gets to you.’