Prince Philip’s assistants are rewarded on the day he would have reached 100: The Duke of Edinburgh’s closest staff receive Demise honor from the Queen in recognition of their years of service
The Duke of Edinburgh’s closest associates were honored by the Queen yesterday on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Military officers who carried Prince Philip’s casket and those who were part of the Land Rover hearse crew were also recognized.
They each received a rare Demise honor in recognition of their years of service.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s closest associates were honored by the Queen yesterday on what would have been his 100th birthday
The Queen last bestowed such honors in 2002, in a combined list following the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
Yesterday, the Duke’s 11-year-old private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, was appointed 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 appointed to the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).
All three were invited to walk behind Philip’s coffin with senior members of the royal family as he was transported on a Land Rover hearse across the grounds of Windsor Castle during the funeral in April.
Military officers who carried Prince Philip’s casket and those who were part of the crew of the Land Rover hearse were also recognized
The bespoke Defender was piloted 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 role.
Those in charge of organizing the ceremonial military aspects of the duke’s funeral have also been honored. Brigade Major Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone of the Welsh Guards, who was in overall charge of the military arrangements, has been awarded an LVO. The 48-year-old from Notting Hill, west London, said last night that he was “overwhelmed” by the honour.
Those in charge of organizing 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 appointed MVO to oversee the practical side of military engagement. The officer, from Telford, Shropshire, said he was “extremely delighted yet humble”.
Twelve members of the Royal Marines and the same number of Grenadier Guards that made up the two chest carriers were also recognized with the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) or MVO.
Others honored included the Duke’s correspondence secretary Suzy Lethbridge, his deputy chief of staff Rachel Loryman and his archivist and librarian Alexandra McCreery, all of whom had become LVOs.