The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, should have turned 100 on June 10. Queen Elizabeth II took the opportunity to honor her closest collaborators. They received the Demise of the Monarch distinction as recognition for many years of loyal service. This list also includes the officers who carried Prince Philip’s coffin as well as the Land Rover hearse team. Note that the Demise distinction is a rare distinction.
The last time it was given by the Queen was in 2002. It was a combined list following the death of the Queen Mother as well as Princess Margaret.
“A rare honorary distinction”
At the event, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, Prince Philip’s private secretary for 11 years, was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO). The Duke’s page, William Henderson, was made Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO). David Berwick, the duke’s valet for 46 years, was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). At Prince Philip’s funeral last April, all three were invited to walk with members of the royal family.
The Land Rover Defender was custom built to transport the remains of the Duke of Edinburgh. The hearse was driven by Corporal Louis Murray and Corporal Craig French. Both serve in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. They also received the Royal Victorian Medal. All those responsible for organizing the military aspect of the funeral ceremony also received these honors from the Queen.
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