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The eight pallbearers who heroically carried the Queen’s 500lb lead-lined coffin included a teenage ‘underdog’ whose ‘sole ambition’ was to serve Elizabeth II, a bodybuilder bearer, a surf-mad soldier plus the Sandhurst teacher who led them, MailOnline can reveal in the present day.
The troopers have been praised for perfecting the activity on Her Majesty’s ultimate and saddest journey whereas watched by billions round the globe as their households described their deep pleasure at what they did for ‘Queen and nation’.
But their most vital job was carried out in personal, after they laid Her Majesty to relaxation together with her husband, father, mom in sister in the royal tomb at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with a small viewers of simply the King and his shut kin on Monday night time.
Today MailOnline can identify the eight troopers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, who had been flown again from operational service in Iraq to participate in Monday’s funeral.
The youngest hero was Fletcher Cox, 19, from Jersey, who completed ‘high of his class’ as a cadet aged simply 15 the place he was handed the highest accolade any younger soldier can obtain on the Channel Islands – the Lieutenant-Governor’s medal – and gave a speech the place he mentioned his ‘sole ambition’ was to parade for the Queen.
The band of brothers had been expertly guided all through by Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones, an teacher at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the place Prince Harry skilled to be an officer. Famously the Queen reviewed Harry when he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 2006 – with each unable to cover their grins.
Guardsman James Patterson: James is a eager bodybuilder – whose power was helpful at the rear of the coffin as the troopers carried the heavy lead lined coffin up the steep stairs
Guardsman David Sanderson: One of the Queen’s pallbearers, from Morpeth, Northumberland, whose household declared their pleasure for what he has finished for ‘Queen and nation’
Guardsman Luke Simpson: The soldier from Selston, Nottinghamshire, was praised by his former academics at Ashfield School for his function in the funeral
Guardsman Fletcher Cox: The youngest of the pallbearers was believed to be 19-year-old Fletcher Cox, a star former cadet from Jersey whose one ambition was to serve the Queen
Lance Sergeant Jake Orlowski: A star of the London Guards earlier than being transferred to the Grenadier Guards
Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths: A eager surfer when not serving his nation, had proudly shared a image of himself carrying the Queen
Lance Corporal Tony Flynn: He married in July and lives in Aldershot – the garrison city in Hampshire
Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones (pictured left) was at the entrance of the coffin (proper), main the eight pallbearers in exemplary trend
The Ministry of Defence declined to touch upon the names of the troopers in the present day.
The eight Grenadier Guards who bore the Queen’s coffin might be given certificates as a substitute of being made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs), regardless of requires the hand-picked pallbearers to win the accolades. Military leaders, politicians and celebrities have all backed requires the Queen’s faultless pallbearers to be made MBEs.
Lance Sergeant Alex Turner: The soldier chosen to be at the entrance of the coffin
CSM Jones, a married father-of-one, led the bearer occasion in Westminster Abbey and when the world held its breath after they fastidiously carried the Queen up the steps of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The tall warrant officer, resplendent in a ceremonial pink tunic, walked forward of Her Majesty’s oak coffin which weighed over 500lb because of its lead lining. His crew didn’t put a foot mistaken as first they shouldered her coffin.
But the id of the man who was behind the coffin and steadied it on the steps of St George’s continues to be unknown.
Guardsman Fletcher Cox, from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was one of eight chosen to hold the coffin of the longest-reigning monarch in British historical past – and additionally the youngest.
The 19-year-old from Jersey attended Grainville School on the Channel Island and joined the Army Cadet Forces [ACF] detachment at the college earlier than leaving aged 16 for navy college.
Cox, a former Army cadet, fulfilled his childhood ambition by becoming a member of the Grenadier Guards. But he might scarcely have imagined he could be trusted to hold the Queen’s coffin.
Assistant Headteacher Jonathan Kellett spoke of the college’s pleasure at seeing a former pupil shouldering a momentous duty – claiming the qualities displayed shone by way of early in Fletcher’s college profession.
Mr Kellett mentioned: ‘We’re immensely proud of Fletcher right here at Grainville, and what he is gone on to do. He was a nice scholar for us and confirmed nice management qualities. It was a very proud second for us as a college.
‘We have a motto that we wish our college students to do their greatest and clearly he was doing his greatest in his chosen profession, which is to serve Queen and nation.’
Fletcher Cox was at the again of the coffin each throughout the funeral and the procession of the Queen’s casket from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. He was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s medal in 2018 – the highest honour a Jersey cadet might be given, leaving the Channel island at 16 to attend a navy coaching school in the UK.
Guardsman James Patterson was throughout from Fletcher. James is a eager bodybuilder – whose power was helpful as the troopers carried the heavy lead lined coffin up the steep stairs of St George’s. His Facebook web page exhibits him in numerous poses wowing pals along with his muscly body.
Serving alongside him included David Sanderson, a British soldier who has served in the King’s Guard and lives in Morpeth, Northumberland.
His proud grandfather Les Dixon, a retired police officer, mentioned: ‘Myself and my daughter, son in legislation, and each one of our household are very proud of David and what he has achieved, for himself and our Country’.
David was additionally half of the guard of honour that welcomed Prince Philip to Windsor at his funeral in April 2021.
Lance Sergeant Jake Orlowski was in entrance of Fletcher Cox. The Lance Sergeant, a canine lover from the capital, was a star of the London Guards earlier than being transferred to the Grenadier Guards.
Lance Corporal Tony Flynn was subsequent. He married his sweetheart Hayley in July and they stay in Aldershot – the garrison city in Hampshire.
A good friend of his aunt tweeted his reward for LC Flynn, and mentioned: ‘What a faultless and completely honourable job they did for his or her Queen in the present day and a present of how nice we might be in the world’s eye’.
The thriller pallbearer: The officer at the rear who steadied the coffin with the Imperial State Crown resting on high into St. George’s Chapel
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort observe behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it’s carried into St George’s Chapel
Across from him was his comrade Luke Simpson, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, who was praised by his former academics at Ashfield School for his function in the funeral. Head instructor John Maher mentioned he took his place ‘centre stage on such a historic event’ and executed his duties ‘so professionally’.
A submit on Selston Football Club’s Facebook web page learn: ‘Respect to you Luke Simpson, flawless under pressure with the whole world watching on. You have done your country, village, family and friends proud!’
Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths, a eager surfer when not serving his nation, had proudly shared a image of himself carrying the Queen and praised by a good friend who served with him in the Army,
And lastly, at the entrance of the coffin was Lance Sergeant Alex Turner, who expertly steered the casket behind their Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones.
Military leaders, politicians and celebrities have backed requires the Queen’s faultless pallbearers to obtain medals.
Former head of the Army Lord Dannatt, MPs Dan Jarvis and Tobias Ellwood and SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton agreed that the troopers ought to be made Members of the British Empire (MBEs).
There is a historic precedent for such an award as the Grenadiers who had been accountable for bearing Sir Winston Churchill’s coffin in 1965 obtained the British Empire Medal (BEM).
At the time, the BEM was awarded to troopers holding the rank of warrant officer and beneath for meritorious service. Officers ranked lieutenant and increased obtained the MBE. This distinction ended after a assessment in 1993.
Lord Dannatt mentioned the MBE could be a becoming reward for the pallbearers who ‘embodied the professionalism of the Armed Forces’.
Mr Ellwood, head of the Commons defence committee, mentioned: ‘Their performance did the Queen and the nation proud.’ Mr Middleton, a former Special Forces operative, mentioned they ‘deserved nothing less than an MBE’.
Britain’s armed forces delivered a masterclass in ceremonial duties. Thousands of troops paid a most becoming tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.
Also at the forefront of the procession had been the 148 sailors who accompanied the State Gun Carriage. The massed ranks of Royal Navy personnel marched arm in arm at 75 paces per minute, drawing the carriage ahead by ropes in a solemn custom relationship again greater than a century.
The State Gun Carriage was first used at Queen Victoria’s funeral on February 2 1901. The two-and-a-half tonne carriage subsequently appeared at the funerals of three monarchs, King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI, in addition to the funerals of Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten.
Former equerries to the Queen marched alongside her hearse accompanied by members of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and Yeomen of the Guard. The grand procession was shaped of seven teams, every supported by a band. Mounties of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led the first group, adopted by representatives of the George Cross foundations of Malta, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and troops from Australia and New Zealand.
Current and former service chiefs additionally took half. Another former navy officer, Tobias Ellwood MP, mentioned: ‘The scale and splendour of our military, as we said goodbye to our Queen, was nothing short of outstanding.’
While 1,650 troops took half in the procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, a additional 1,000 lined the route by way of London and one other 1,000 carried out ceremonial and safety duties in Windsor.
In whole, 5,948 members of the Armed Forces deployed on Operation London Bridge – as plans for Her Majesty’s passing had been recognized – since her dying. And round 175 troops from Commonwealth nations additionally took half. The Queen’s Company – from which the pallbearers had been drawn – was named after the late monarch and she was its honorary commander. Her Majesty additionally grew to become Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards earlier this yr, changing Prince Andrew.
Once she had been pushed by hearse to Windsor, there was one other symbolic act to acknowledge her affiliation with the Queen’s Company. Moments earlier than she was entombed in the Royal Vault, King Charles III draped its colors over her coffin.
The Queen’s Company is predicted to be renamed in the King’s honour later this yr. He may additionally inherit his mom’s honorary colonelcy of the regiment.