A Uttoxeter soldier is to be part of the royal funeral for The Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow.

Lance Corporal of Horse Thomas Hall, who serves with The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), said it was a "huge privilege and honour" to be part of the Prince's funeral which is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, April 17, at Windsor Castle starting at 3pm.

The 32-year-old will be representing the Household Cavalry Regiment. He will stand alongside fellow Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force personnel who will line the route of the ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

It comes as tributes have been paid to the prince from across the word, including those who met the prince in Burton when he visited with the Queen.

His Royal Highness’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover in a small ceremonial procession from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.

This will be Thomas’s first ceremonial procession since transferring into the Household Cavalry Regiment from the Queen’s Royal Hussars.

He said: "It is a huge privilege to be involved and something to tell the grandchildren in future. His Royal Highness Prince Phillip was the Colonel in Chief of my old regiment, the Queen's Royal Hussars, so it's an honour to have a part in the ceremonial aspect of the funeral."

Thomas said that he will also take time on the day to reflect on lost members of his own family, especially his grandmother who was a staunch royalist.

The Blues and Royals is part of the Household Cavalry Regiment. It operates as both an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard of the monarch. The Regiment is often seen at state ceremonial and public duties and is the mounted escort to the Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17, at 3pm. Throughout his public life, His Royal Highness regularly visited Regiments both at home and on operational duties overseas, showing his support for servicemen and women of all ranks and their families.

He died at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9, aged 99.

Staffordshire Live newsletter April 16 2021

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