The eight Grenadier Guards carrying the Queen’s coffin could be awarded certificates instead of becoming Members of the British Empire (MBE), despite calls for skilled shooters to win the award. reward.
Military leaders, politicians and celebrities have all supported the Queen’s call for an MBE for no-fault fasters.
The Grenadier Guard carrying the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel displayed amazing composure throughout the services.
But the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday night that pallbearers players could be given ‘commentations’ in recognition of their efforts rather than an MBE.
The Grenadier Guard carrying the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel displayed amazing composure throughout the services
A defense source said the award is usually reserved for those who have been ‘brave in battle’.
The source said, “Everyone who moves the coffin will have to receive an award,” adding that there is a high chance that they will receive a certificate of merit.
But one former head of the army, Lord Dannatt, suggested that the Royal Victorian Order might be appropriate to commend their efforts, as it was often given to the king’s personal service.
‘What could be more personal than bringing a sovereign’s body to lie in state, as well as a state funeral?’ he asks.
MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defense committee, called for soldiers to be recognized on the new year honor roll.
“Their performance made the Queen and the nation proud,” he said.
Witnessed by healthcare workers lining the streets of London and Windsor – and billions worldwide – they put on a flawless performance.
But yesterday, the guard officer in charge of the parades admitted he had never seen ‘such anxious people’ as men waiting for coffins.
Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw told The Sun: ‘They shoulder the responsibility of the nation. It’s the most important job to be perfect and right.
‘They stand out from the very first time the Queen returns to Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel.’
Pictured is David Sanderson, one of the Queen’s playboys. He lives in Morpeth, Northumberland
Soldier Luke Simpson, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, (pictured before the cadet camp in 2016) was praised by his former teachers at Ashfield School for his role in the funeral
Eight men, handpicked from the regiment’s Queen’s Company, included a teenager and a former reserve officer.
They were led by the ninth soldier, Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones, a father of a married man, with another sentry in the back of the coffin.
Serving with him was David Sanderson, a British soldier who served in the King’s Guard and lived in Morpeth, Northumberland.
MP Dan Jarvis and SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton agreed that soldiers should be made Members of the British Empire.
There is a historical precedent for an award as the Grenadiers responsible for carrying the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 received the Order of the British Empire (BEM).
At that time, BEM was awarded to servicemen with the rank of officer or less for meritorious service. Officers of the rank of lieutenant and above receive an MBE. This distinction ended after an assessment in 1993.
Mr Middleton, a former Special Forces operative, said they ‘deserve no less than an MBE’.
CSM Jones, the party’s oldest, spearheaded his young charges throughout the ceremonies. Meanwhile, the bodyguards, corporals and wounded sergeants under his command carried the lead-lined coffin weighing more than 500 lbs, up and down the steps without misplacing their feet.
Many of them served in Iraq and were flown back to the UK for funerals.
Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones (pictured left) in front of the coffin, leading eight stout athletes in exemplary style yesterday
The youngest of the pallbearers is believed to be 19-year-old guard Fletcher Cox from Jersey (pictured right)
The youngest of the pallbearers is said to be guard Fletcher Cox from Jersey, both 19 years old.
Cox, a former Army officer, fulfilled his childhood ambition by joining the Grenadier Guard.
But he could hardly have imagined that he would be trusted to carry the Queen’s coffin.
Soldier Luke Simpson, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, was praised by former teachers at Ashfield School for his role in the funeral. Head teacher John Maher said he took the place of “center stage on such a historic occasion” and carried out his duties “very professionally”.
The Department of Defense last night declined to see if the diving athletes were decorated for their exemplary performance at the funeral.