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Queen honours Prince Philip’s aides

It was their ultimate act of responsibility after a few years of devoted service.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s three most loyal and long-serving aides, who walked with the Royal household behind his coffin throughout his funeral procession, have been honoured by the Queen with an exceptionally uncommon award.

Her Majesty yesterday introduced a particular set of Demise awards, issued within the wake of a senior royal’s dying, on what would have been Prince Philip’s a hundredth birthday.

To mark the event, the Queen recognised the service of these closest to her husband, together with his long-serving non-public secretary Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, who was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

Brig Miller-Bakewell was additionally the Duke’s treasurer and had been his right-hand man for 11 years.

William Henderson, the Duke’s web page, was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), whereas David Berwick, a valet who joined his employees in 1975, grew to become a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

The final time the Queen awarded Demise honours was in 2002, in a mixed listing following the deaths of her mom, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and sister Princess Margaret. Those honoured included non-public secretaries, women in ready and the bearer get together.

Others whose loyal service to the Duke was recognised yesterday embody the servicemen who took cost of the specifically modified Land Rover that carried his physique throughout his funeral.

Corporal Louis Murray, who was behind the wheel, and Corporal Craig French, Land Rover commander for the Royal hearse, each 29, who serve within the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, had been awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver).

Brigade Major Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone of the Welsh Guards, who was in general cost of the army preparations, was made an LVO for his service.

Lt Col Stone, 48, from west London, was tasked with the problem of rewriting the army ceremonial plans to conform for Covid restrictions, together with ensuring contributors had been bubbled in teams, socially distanced and examined each day for coronavirus.

He described the funeral because the monumental expertise of his lengthy career and stated he was “overwhelmed” to be made an LVO.

Twelve members of the Royal Marines and 12 Grenadier Guards who fashioned the 2 bearer events for the coffin had been additionally amongst these whose service was recognised.

The Duke’s correspondence secretary Suzy Lethbridge, his assistant non-public secretary Rachel Loryman and his archivist and librarian Alexandra McCreery had been all made LVOs.

The Duke was identified for having a loyal workforce of employees, regardless of his legendary shows of mood. Many stayed with him for years, exhibiting nice devotion.

As the Queen marked what would have been her husband’s a hundredth birthday privately, a number of members of his household took the chance to pay heat tributes.

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