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The Queen's pallbearers' heroic final unseen act after the cameras stopped filming

Rhiannon Ingle

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The Queen's pallbearers' heroic final unseen act after the cameras stopped filming

Featured Image Credit: CNN/BBC

The Queen's pallbearers have been praised over one 'final unseen act'.

People are flocking to call the guards heroic for completing their final duty at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral yesterday (19 September).

The pallbearers carried the late monarch's 500lb coffin from Westminster Hall to St George’s Chapel. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo
The pallbearers carried the late monarch's 500lb coffin from Westminster Hall to St George’s Chapel. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo

The pallbearers carried the late monarch's 500lb coffin all the way from Westminster Hall to St George’s Chapel for the Queen's funeral procession that took place yesterday (19 September).

While news coverage shows the pallbearers take on the Long Walk, the cameras stopped rolling for the team's final act in service for the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.

The UK's former Chief of the General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt, wrote for The Telegraph: “These young guardsmen deserve particular praise.

“Even when the cameras are switched off at the end of the day and the final private service of committal is being held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, their duty will not be over.

The pallbearers waiting before carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin. Credit: BBC
The pallbearers waiting before carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin. Credit: BBC

“Deep in the Royal Vault under the chapel, the pallbearers will have one final unseen duty — to move the late Queen’s body to its final resting place close to her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, and to her father, King George VI.”

Piers Morgan also took the opportunity to praise the pallbearers writing: "These magnificent 1st Battalion Grenadier Guard pallbearers have been done their Queen and country proud.

"Incredible job under hugely stressful conditions."

GB News Editor Lucy Jones also commented on the pallbearers' service: "Just 10 days ago, the pallbearers carrying the Queen's coffin were in Iraq.

"I know everyone is saying it but they are doing an impeccable job - as are all the servicemen and women making today's service so faultless and beautiful."

Another person tweeted: "So much respect for the pallbearers, such an important job. All have performed marvellously watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world very well done."

"The unsung heroes of today. What an incredible job these eight young soldiers did. Serving their Queen right up until the end. You should be so proud," a final Twitter user added.

The government has since shared an estimate of how many people viewed the Queen's coffin while it was lying in state.

Even with queues up to 10 miles long and staggering wait-times, officials are estimating the figure to be at around 250,000 over the four-day period, according to Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.

The Queen's coffin was transported to St George's Chapel in Windsor where the late monarch was laid to rest alongside her husband, Prince Phillip yesterday (19 September).

Topics: UK News, The Queen, Royal Family

Rhiannon Ingle
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