Everything you need to know about the soldiers who carried the Queen’s coffin


All have gone through a rigorous training process. Guard recruits must undergo a thirty-week training program at the Infantry Training Center, two weeks longer than regular training in order to prepare for drills and ceremonies like these, even before funeral rehearsals. .

Various soldiers across Britain participated in the transport of Balmoral’s coffin, including eight from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. But the task at Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel yesterday, which involved navigating around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Abbey and carrying the coffin three stories into the chapel, before King and Country, was by far the biggest.

The Bearer Party transfers Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, to the State Hearse in Wellington Arch following the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

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The most recent comparable duty was at the last state funeral, for Winston Churchill in 1965, which Lance Sergeant Lincoln Perkins described to the BBC. “Strangely enough, you’re very focused on what’s happening in front of you, and your eyes don’t circle around seeing too much. […] It was said that we were going to change the group of carriers because the path was so long that we had already carried it, but being real Grenadiers, we said: “No, we want to continue and finish the job.” Perkins suffered with back pain for some time, but said it was one of his proudest experiences. “Oh yeah, I would do it again, but on the other side, straighten my spine,” he said.

After all, yesterday’s duty was the greatest ceremonial honor imaginable for a young soldier. The eight guards won medal calls and numerous accolades, including from Sir Stephen Fry. ‘Bearer Party, at the pub – brisk walk. Party bearer, raise the mug. Feast of porters, down beer. You deserved it.’


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