And it’s no wonder that it was the superlative members of the military and the British Guards Infantry who led the vehicle on the way to the steps of the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Corporal Louis Murray grabbed the steering wheel, and Corporal Craig French was with him as Commander Land Rover of the 29-year-old Royal Haas.
The two staff instructors of the Royal Electromechanical Engineers were selected “by coin toss” from a group of four trained for that purpose and described by authorities as “trustworthy hands.”
Cpl French said it was his job to “make sure the driver puts the vehicle in the right place at the right time and accelerates or decelerates.”
“We’ve done a lot of practice in the last few days, and you’ll feel what the right speed is, and we know what pace we should be. Now it seems to be the second property.
“There are some difficult sections on the route, and it’s important to keep a safe distance, as there are people on either side who will accompany the hearse.”
Cpl Murray said: I am very proud and I think my family is also very proud. “
The Bearer Party, whose members have not been appointed due to its delicate role, was commanded by Lieutenant Alec Haywood, who was served by Brigadier General Tony Haywood at the funeral of George VI and the coronation of the Queen.
The funeral march, led by a band of grenadiers guarded by the Duke for 42 years, embarked on an eight-minute journey to St. George’s Church, with distinctive red and white drums wrapped in black material. ..
Forty yards behind the band were six service chiefs, including General Nick Carter, Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Anthony Radakin, First Sea Lord, General Mark Carleton-Smith, and Chief of Staff.
Following them was the Duke’s casket in Land Rover, adjacent to the Royal Marines, Rifles, Royal Electromechanical Engineers, Queen Light Cavalry, and casket attendants drawn from the Royal Scottish Regiment.
Twenty yards behind Land Rover, dressed in black were Duke’s four children, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of York, and Earl of Wessex.
Then came the Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex, Sir Snowdon and Sir Tim Lawrence, followed by the family of the Duke of Bentley and the Queen’s grandson.
The procession passed through a square lined with royal cavalry and regiments, and was imposing with representatives of detachments from units with special relationships with the Duke, such as the HMS Magpie, HMS Collingwood, HMS Sartan, and the Royal Navy Auxiliary Fleet. It continued at 4mph. grass.
The route is lined with representatives of 20 detachments with connections to the Duke, such as the Royal Navy, Household Cavalry, Welsh Guards, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet. I was standing straight.
As the procession continued, the band played Beethoven’s funeral marches Nos. 1 and 3. The only other sounds were the royal cavalry artillery guns and sad sounds fired every minute from the East Lawn in Windsor Castle. Toll for Carfu Tower Bell.
The procession arrived at the west staircase of the St. George’s Chapel at 2:35 pm when the Duke’s casket was received by the rifle’s honorary guards and the British Navy’s plumbing.
Duke’s casket, watched by members of the royal family and salute by the service chief, was carried up the stairs by eight Royal Marines bearers, then silently prayed for a minute and disappeared into the chapel.
A total of more than 730 military members attended the ceremony.
Just before the ceremony, General Carter said:
“We all have great respect for him. We have great respect for his wartime records and the care he has given to veterans and those who are still serving. It is depressing to us. It’s a moment, but it’s also a celebration, because it was a special life and a lively life. “