The Queen honors Philip’s aides and military personnel who played significant roles in his funeral.
The Queen has acknowledged the Duke of Edinburgh’s most devoted and trusted aides, as well as members of the military who constituted his coffin bearer party and the Land Rover hearse crew, who took part in his funeral procession.
The Queen recognized the contributions of people closest to Philip in a special set of rare Demise awards awarded in the wake of his death and poignantly announced on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, the duke’s long-serving private secretary, was awarded a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
Brig Miller-Bakewell, who was also Philip’s treasurer, served as the Duke of York’s right-hand man for 11 years, beginning in 2010.
The duke’s page, William Henderson, has been promoted to Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).
David Berwick, Philip’s valet, has been awarded a Member of the Royal Victorian Order. He has served for the Queen’s husband for 46 years, joining his staff in 1975. (MVO).
All three had spent years serving the Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Family, and were permitted to walk behind his coffin as it was transported around the grounds of Windsor Castle in a Land Rover hearse.
They watched as the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, and other members of the royal family walked slowly to St George’s Chapel for the sorrowful service, which was held despite Covid-19 restrictions.
Following the deaths of her mother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret, the Queen last bestowed Demise honours on those such as private secretaries, ladies in waiting, and the bearer party in 2002, in a combined list honoring those such as private secretaries, ladies in waiting, and the bearer party.
Others who played important roles in Philip’s funeral, such as the Land Rover crew, have been identified by her.
The duke designed his own hearse, a polished robust, practical Land Rover Defender TD5 130, which was used to transport his coffin from the castle to the chapel.
Corporal Louis Murray drove the hearse, and Corporal Craig French sat next to him as the commander. (This is a brief piece.)