The Queen’s heroic pall bearers honoured with gong for carrying late monarch’s coffin
THE Queen’s heroic pall bearers who captured the nation’s hearts at her funeral have been honoured for their services to the monarch.
The servicemen have been inducted into the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) in her special set of Demise Awards released today.
Long-serving personal dresser Angela Kelly, 70, who served for 25-years and moved into Windsor Castle when the Queen became ill, has also been recognised.
The twelve pall bearers who carried the Queen’s coffin – many who were called back from serving in Iraq when the Queen died – have all got the gong, the palace has announced.
The honours list also featured members of the RAF flight crew who transported the Queen’s coffin from Scotland to London.
Members of the RVO are in the King’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.
Prince Andrew was welcomed back into the Royal Family fold and attended a service and reception for the RVO with 600 guests including the King and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, The Sun exclusively revealed.