The pallbearers who carried the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II visited Center Court in Wimbledon and sat next to the Royal Box.
The soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guard were invited to the tennis tournament on Saturday.
They had a close connection with the late Queen as she held the position of Company Commander and gave a personal review of the Company every ten years.
Presenter Clare Balding introduced the soldiers and told Center Court: “As well as the Royal Lodge, we are also particularly proud this year to welcome and thank the team of 11 members of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth appeared so noble as pallbearers.” II.
“And to the ensign for the escort of Her Majesty’s procession in London, carrying the Queen’s company colours, the royal standard of the regiment, to Her Majesty’s funeral at Windsor.”
In March 2023, the eight pallbearers who carried the Queen’s coffin were awarded the Silver Royal Victorian Medal in recognition of their important role in her funeral.
The soldiers were also named as recipients of Royal Victorian Order (RVO) honors in recognition of their services to the late Queen, as part of a special series of Demise awards.
Awards under the RVO are a gift from the King and are presented independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.
Also in the Royal Box at Wimbledon on Saturday were four lionesses who won the 2022 European Women’s Championship.
England soccer players Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Jill Scott and Fran Kirby sat in the Royal Box, known for its celebrity guests, on Tuesday when the Princess of Wales visited.
England cricketer Sam Curran and presenter and former England footballer Gary Lineker were also in the Royal Box.
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