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20th Sep 2022

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

April Curtin

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Coffin bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Ben Birchall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The men carried out one final task to end the day

The Queen‘s pallbearers concluded their efforts on the day of the late monarch’s funeral with one “final unseen act”.

Soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, stunned millions of viewers around the world on Monday, as they carried the Queen’s 500lb coffin.

The men, who flew back from Iraq to carry out the nerve-racking task, carried the coffin into Westminster Hall for the funeral service, and even up a long set of stairs leading to St George’s Chapel as part for the procession.

Thousands rushed to Twitter to praise the “flawless” and “faultless” job the men did, with some urging the men to be included in the King Charles III’s honours list, and others asking where they can send them cases of beer or whiskey.

And that’s without the public even seeing the pallbearers’ final act which the cameras stopped rolling for.

Writing for The Telegraph, the UK’s former Chief of General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt, explained how: “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.”

Over 4 billion people were anticipated to watch the Queen’s funeral – making it the most watched single TV event in history. Others have included the 1996 Olympics, which saw a Muhammad Ali, who was battling Parkinson’s disease, light the Olympic flame in front of 3.6 billion across the globe. Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 also ranks amongst the most watched, with 2 billion tuning in worldwide.

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