Selston lad helps carry Queen to rest as pall bearer at state funeral

by 24britishtvSept. 20, 2022, 1:20 p.m. 18
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Luke Simpson was one of the proud 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carrying the monarch's coffin from Westminster Hall to a gun carriage, before taking it on to its plot in Westminster Abbey.

Eight guards, two of whom were from Nottinghamshire, later helped carry the Queen towards St George's Chapel, navigating steep steps in the process.

The club posted on Facebook yesterday: “Well done to all involved in today's funeral for our Queen Elizabeth ll. Seems we have a young man from Selston that has been one of the Queen’s pallbearers.

“Respect to you Luke Simpson, flawless under pressure with the whole world watching on. You have done your country, village, family and friends proud.”

Head of uniformed services Julie Taylor said: “I am so incredibly proud of Luke: for the high honour of being chosen as a pall bearer for Queen Elizabeth II, but also for the truly admirable way in which he executed those duties. He has certainly set the benchmark high for all subsequent Uniformed Services students and is an outstanding example of where dedication, hard work and commitment can take you.”

Head teacher John Maher added: “It is a source of great pride to the Ashfield School community and The Two Counties Trust that Luke took his place centre stage on this historic occasion and, with the world watching, carried out his duty so professionally.”

“Ashfield Lads. Luke and Aaron doing their duty and making their families and the whole of Ashfield feel incredibly proud. Serving Queen and country."

The guards managed to perform their task flawlessly while under the pressure of being watched by billions from all over the world.

One said: “Well done Luke, what a honour for you and the other pall bearers. You should be so proud of yourself.

Another added: “I think they had the most difficult job of the day. Very well done to them all. Every time they had to go up steps my heart was in my mouth. Should all be given a medal.”

Another said: “Amazing achievement young man, all of Selston are really proud of you and well done to his parents for raising this lad.”

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