Queen’s Hero Pallbearers Who Carried Coffins and ‘A Nation’s Responsibility’

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The eight pallbearers who bravely carried the Queen’s 500lb lead-lined coffin included a teenage ‘underdog’ whose ‘only ambition’ was to be Elizabeth II, a bodybuilder pallbearer, a surf-mad soldier and the Sandhurst trainer who led them, MailOnline May reveal today.

Soldiers have been praised for getting the job done on Her Majesty’s final and tragic journey as billions of people around the world watched as their families described their deep pride in what they had done for ‘Queen and Country’.

But their most important act was done in private, when they laid Her Majesty with her husband, father, mother and sister in the royal mausoleum at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, accompanied by a small audience of the King and her close relatives. Monday night.

Today MailOnline can name eight soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, who were recalled from operational service in Iraq to attend Monday’s funeral.

The youngest hero was Fletcher Cox, 19, from Jersey, who finished ‘at the top of his class’ as a cadet aged just 15 where he received the highest award any young soldier can achieve in the Channel Islands – the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal – and gave a speech in which he said that his ‘only ambition’ was to parade for the Queen.

The band of brothers was expertly led by Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones, an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where Prince Harry trained to become an officer. The Queen famously reviewed Harry when he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 2006 – and both couldn’t hide their smiles.

Guardsman James Patterson: James is a keen bodybuilder – whose strength was put to work behind the coffin as soldiers carried the heavy lead coffin up the steep stairs.

Guardsman David Sanderson: one of the Queen’s pallbearers from Morpeth, Northumberland, whose family have declared their pride in what they have done for ‘Queen and country’

Guardsman Luke Simpson: The soldier, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, was praised by his former teachers at Ashfield School for his role at the funeral.

Guardsman Fletcher Cox: The youngest of the pallbearers is 19-year-old Fletcher Cox, a star ex-cadet from Jersey, whose one ambition is to serve the Queen.

Lance Sergeant Jack Orlowski: A star of the London Guards before transferring to the Grenadier Guards

Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths: A keen surfer shared a photo of himself proudly carrying the Queen when not serving his country

Lance Corporal Tony Flynn: He married in July and lives in the garrison town of Aldershot in Hampshire.

Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones (pictured left) was in front of the coffin (right), leading eight pallbearers in exemplary fashion.

The Ministry of Defense today declined to comment on the names of the soldiers.

The eight Grenadier Guards who carried the Queen’s coffin could be awarded certificates instead of making members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), despite calls for hand-picked pallbearers to win the accolade. Military leaders, politicians and celebrities have all backed the Queen’s call for flawless pallbearers to be made MBEs.

Lance Sergeant Alex Turner: The soldier in front of the coffin is chosen

CSM Jones, a married parent, led the pallbearers at Westminster Abbey and the world held its breath as they carefully led the Queen up the steps of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

The tall warrant officer, resplendent in a ceremonial red tunic, walked before His Majesty’s oak coffin which, due to its lead lining, weighed more than 500 pounds. His team didn’t make the mistake of shouldering his coffin in the first place.

But the identity of the man who was behind the coffin and fixed it on St George’s Staircase is still unknown.

Guardsman Fletcher Cox, from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, is one of eight – and the youngest – chosen to carry the coffin of the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

The 19-year-old from Jersey attended Grenville School in the Channel Islands and joined the Army Cadet Corps. [ACF] Segregation at school before going to military school at age 16.

Cox, a former army cadet, fulfilled his childhood ambition by joining the Grenadier Guards. But he could hardly have imagined that he would be trusted to carry the Queen’s coffin.

Assistant headteacher Jonathan Kellett spoke of the school’s pride in seeing a former pupil take on such an important role – claiming the qualities Fletcher displayed early in his school career shone through.

Mr Kellett said: ‘We here at Grenville are extremely proud of Fletcher and what he is going to do. He was an excellent student for us and showed great leadership qualities. It was a very proud moment for us as a school.

‘We have a motto that we want our students to do their best and clearly he gave his best in his chosen career, which is to serve Queen and country.’

Fletcher Cox was behind the coffin during the funeral and procession of the Queen’s casket from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. He received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal in 2018 – the highest honor a Jersey cadet can be awarded, having left the Channel Islands at the age of 16 to attend a military training college in the UK.

Guardsman James Patterson was by Fletcher’s side. James is a keen bodybuilder – whose strength was put to use as soldiers carried the heavy lead-lined coffin up the steep steps of St George’s. His Facebook page shows him in various poses impressing friends with his muscular frame.

Serving with him is David Sanderson, a British soldier who served in the King’s Guard and lives in Morpeth, Northumberland.

His proud grandfather Les Dixon, a retired police officer, said: ‘Myself and my daughter, son-in-law and everyone in our family are very proud of David and what he has achieved, of ourselves and our country’.

David was also part of the guard of honor that welcomed Prince Philip to Windsor at his funeral in April 2021.

Lance Sergeant Jake Orlowski was in front of Fletcher Cox. Lance Sergeant, a dog lover from the capital, was a star of the London Guards before transferring to the Grenadier Guards.

Next up was Lance Corporal Tony Flynn. He married his sweetheart Hayley in July and they live in the garrison town of Aldershot in Hampshire.

A friend of her aunt tweeted her praise for Elsie Flynn and said: ‘What a flawless and totally honorable job they did for their Queen today and a demonstration of how great we can be in the eyes of the world’.

The Mystery Pallbearer: The Rear Officer Who Placed the Imperial State Crown on St George’s Chapel and Fixed the Coffin

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort follow behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it is carried into St George’s Chapel

He was flanked by his comrade Luke Simpson, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, who was praised by his former teachers at Ashfield School for his role at the funeral. Headmaster John Maher said he had taken ‘centre stage at such a historic event’ and carried out his duties ‘so professionally’.

A post on Selston Football Club’s Facebook page read: ‘Regards Luke Simpson, flawless under pressure with the whole world watching. You have made your country, village, family and friends proud!’

Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths, a keen surfer when not serving his country, shared a photo of himself proudly carrying the Queen and was praised by a friend who served with him in the army,

And finally, in front of the coffin was Lance Sergeant Alex Turner, who expertly guided the casket behind their Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones.

Military leaders, politicians and celebrities have backed calls for the Queen’s Flawless Pallbearers Medal.

Former Chief of Army Staff Lord Dannatt, MPs Dan Jarvis and Tobias Ellwood and SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton agreed that soldiers should be made Members of the British Empire (MBE).

There is a historical precedent for the award, with the British Empire Medal (BEM) being awarded to the grenadiers responsible for carrying Sir Winston Churchill’s coffin in 1965.

At that time, soldiers of warrant officer rank and the following soldiers were awarded the BEM for meritorious service. Lieutenants and higher ranking officers received the MBE. This distinction ended after a review in 1993.

Lord Dannatt said the MBE would be a fitting award for those who ‘exemplify the professionalism of the Armed Forces’.

Mr Ellwood, head of the Commons defense committee, said: ‘Their performance has done the Queen and the nation proud.’ Mr Middleton, a former special forces operative, said they ‘deserve nothing less than an MBE’.

Britain’s armed forces provide a masterclass in ceremonial duties. Thousands of soldiers paid most fitting tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.

Also at the forefront of the procession were 148 sailors who accompanied the state gun carriage. Vast ranks of Royal Navy personnel marched in arms at 75 paces per minute, pulling the carriage forward with ropes in a glorious tradition dating back more than a century.

The State Gun Carriage was first used at Queen Victoria’s funeral on 2 February 1901. The two-and-a-half-tonne carriage later appeared at the funerals of three monarchs, King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI. Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten.

Ex-seekers to the Queen marched in her hearse as well as members of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and Yeomen of the Guard. The grand procession consisted of seven groups, each supported by a band. Mounties from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led the first group, followed by the Malta George Cross Foundation, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and troops from Australia and New Zealand.

Current and former army chiefs also participated in it. Another former military officer, Tobias Ellwood MP, said: ‘The scale and splendor of our military, as we bid farewell to our Queen, was nothing short of extraordinary.’

1,650 soldiers took part in the procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, another 1,000 lined the route through London and another 1,000 performed ceremonial and security duties at Windsor.

In total, 5,948 members of the armed forces have been deployed to Operation London Bridge – as Her Majesty’s Death Plan was known – since her death. And around 175 troops from Commonwealth countries also took part. The Queen’s Company – from which the pallbearers were drawn – was named after the late monarch and he was its honorary commander. His Highness succeeded Prince Andrew as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards earlier this year.

Once he was driven by the hearse to Windsor, there was another symbolic act to acknowledge his attachment to the Queen’s company. Moments before he was buried in the Royal Vault, King Charles III draped its colors over his coffin.

Queen’s Company is expected to be renamed in honor of the monarch later this year. He may have inherited his mother’s honorary colonelcy of the regiment.

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