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Medal For Queen's Pallbearer Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox from Jersey, who was one of eight pallbearers who carried the late Queen's coffin at her funeral, has been recognised in a special honours list.

The soldiers, who were selected to be pallbearers from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, have been awarded the silver Royal Victorian Medal.

They were named as recipients of honours under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) in recognition of their service to the Queen, as part of a special set of Demise awards.

RVO gifts are bestowed by the King to people who have served the monarch or the Royal Family in a personal way.

Guardsman Fletcher Cox has been awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) (RVM) along with Lance Sergeant Alex Turner, Lance Corporal Tony Flynn, Lance Sergeant Elias Orlowski, Guardsman James Patterson, Lance Sergeant Ryan Griffiths, Guardsman Luke Simpson, and Guardsman David Sanderson, who carried the coffin as millions of people watched the funeral last September.

Announcing news of the rare set of honours on their website, the Army said:

"Personnel from across the Armed Forces played a key role in the funeral and preceding days of Her Majesty lying at rest in Scotland and London, providing the Guard of Honour, Bearer Party, Pall Bearers, musicians, horsemen and women, and countless personnel behind the scenes from all ranks and roles.

The State Funeral of Her Majesty at Westminster Abbey saw soldiers, sailors and airmen, both long-served and fresh out of training give one last act of love and dedication to their late Commander in Chief. It was a role the Armed Forces had prepared for over many years."

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