Monday, 29 May, 2023

Pallbearers of late Queen's coffin awarded honours

Eight pallbearers who carried Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at her funeral are among those to be recognised in a special honours list.

King Charles has honoured scores of royal aides and military personnel for the roles they played during the period of national mourning.

Angela Kelly, the Queen's dresser, has also received recognition.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral in September last year, aged 96.

In some of the most poignant moments of the late Queen's funeral, eight Grenadier Guards in uniform carried her coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, into London's Westminster Abbey and her final resting place at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Millions of people around the world watched as Lance Sergeant Alex Turner, Lance Corporal Tony Flynn, Lance Sergeant Elias Orlowski, Guardsman Fletcher Cox, Guardsman James Patterson, Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths, Guardsman Luke Simpson, and Guardsman David Sanderson carried out their duty.

Notably they carried the lead-lined coffin with the Imperial State Crown, sceptre and orb on top up the steep steps of the chapel in Windsor Castle's grounds.