Prince Philip’s aides are rewarded on day he would have hit 100: Duke of Edinburgh’s closest staff are handed Demise honour by the Queen in recognition of their years of service
The Duke of Edinburgh’s closest aides were honoured by the Queen yesterday on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Military officers who carried Prince Philip’s coffin and those who formed part of the Land Rover hearse crew were also recognised.
They each received a rare Demise honour in acknowledgement of their years of service.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s closest aides were honoured by the Queen yesterday on what would have been his 100th birthday
The Queen last awarded such honours in 2002, in a combined list following the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Yesterday, the duke’s private secretary of 11 years, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
William Henderson, who was Philip’s page, has become a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO). And the duke’s valet David Berwick, who worked for the Queen’s consort for 46 years, has been made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).
All three were invited to walk with senior royals behind Philip’s coffin as it was ferried through the grounds of Windsor Castle on a Land Rover hearse during the funeral in April.
Military officers who carried Prince Philip’s coffin and those who formed part of the Land Rover hearse crew were also recognised
The custom-built Defender was driven by Corporal Louis Murray, with Corporal Craig French beside him.
Both men, who serve in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, have been awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) for their roles.
Those tasked with organising the ceremonial military aspects of the duke’s funeral have also been honoured. Brigade Major Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone of the Welsh Guards, who was in overall charge of the military arrangements, has been made an LVO. The 48-year-old, from Notting Hill, west London, said last night he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the honour.
Those tasked with organising the ceremonial military aspects of the duke’s funeral have also been honoured
Garrison Sergeant Major Andrew ‘Vern’ Stokes of the Coldstream Guards has been made an MVO for overseeing the practical side of the military’s involvement. The officer, from Telford, Shropshire, said he was ‘hugely delighted yet humbled’.
Twelve members of the Royal Marines and the same number of Grenadier Guards who formed the two coffin bearer parties were also recognised with either the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) or MVO.
Others honoured included the duke’s correspondence secretary Suzy Lethbridge, his assistant private secretary Rachel Loryman and his archivist and librarian Alexandra McCreery, who were all made LVOs.