The 18-year-old soldier who walked beside the Queen’s coffin at the funeral has been found dead

Household Cavalryman Jack Burnell-Williams, 18, was found dead in a barracks in London

Household Cavalryman Jack Burnell-Williams, 18, was found dead in a barracks in London

An 18-year-old soldier who accompanied the Queen’s coffin on her final journey has been found dead in a London barracks.

Household Cavalryman Jack Burnell-Williams played an important role in this Queen’s State Funeral last Monday but died less than two weeks later.

Police and paramedics were called to Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London at 3.48pm on Wednesday in a desperate rescue effort.

The Met said they are not treating his death as suspicious.

On the day of the funeral, the soldier’s family released footage of him in the procession, proudly saying he was “doing his duty for the Queen on her last journey”.

But just days later, devastated mum Laura, 42, took to Facebook again to post an emotional tribute to her son, known to his family as Jak.

epa10183348 Members of the Life Guards Household Cavalry ride along The Mall ahead of the procession to carry the body of Britain's late Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London, Britain, September 14, 2022. The late Queen will lie in state for four days at Westminster Hall until the morning of her funeral on September 19. EPO/TOLGA AKMEN

The soldier escorted the Queen’s coffin during the state funeral (Image: EPA)

Member of Household Cavalry found dead

Jack’s family plans to release blue balloons into the sky later today to commemorate his memory

Sharing a picture of him on horseback in his ceremonial uniform, Laura said: “I never thought I would say this but we as a family are all heartbroken at the sudden death of our wonderful son Jak Williams yesterday.”

Burnell-Williams’ friend Molly Holmes wrote on social media: “I will miss you forever my love. Truly heartbroken.’

The young soldier’s sister, Elisha, added: “We will get through this together as a team. We have to make him as proud as he is of us.”

His aunt Jodie Danks said: “Such heartbreaking news. I can’t believe you’re gone.

“You were kidnapped way too early. We all love you so much my handsome nephew. You made us all so proud. Rest in peace.’

At just 18, Burnell-Williams of Bridgend, South Wales was probably one of the Household Cavalry’s youngest recruits.

Family and friends will gather in his memory this afternoon at Bryntirion Football Club in Bridgend and will release blue balloons into the sky to celebrate his memory.

An Army spokesman said: “It is with sadness that we confirm the death of Soldier Jack Burnell-Williams on September 28, 2022 at Hyde Park Barracks.

“Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy be respected.”

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