18-year-old Jack Burnell-Williams served in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry and was part of the military cortege accompanying the Queen’s coffin at her funeral. He was tragically found dead at his Hyde Park barracks on Wednesday afternoon. His parents and friends commemorated his memory in a ceremony at Bryntirion Football Club, close to the family home in Bridgend, South Wales.
Family holds touching tribute to honour teenage soldier who escorted Queen’s coffin
They released balloons during the ceremony, which was marked by the colour blue out of respect to Jack’s service in the Blues and Royals.
Prior to the event, Jack’s mum Laura Williams posted a message on social media inviting friends to attend the commemoration.
She wrote: “Please spread the word and join us in celebrating my boy’s life.
“Blue colours to be worn preferably and also blue balloons.”
His father Daniel, a 41-year-old heating engineer, told the Sunday People: “We are too heartbroken for words, but I want to thank everyone for their support and sympathy.”
The death of the young soldier has touched the entire nation, with many taking to social media to express their condolences to the family.
Magaret Allen wrote: “So very sad to hear of the very sad passing of such a special young soldier Jack Burnell-Williams.
“Gone far too soon. Sincere condolences to all his family & other loved ones.
“May Jack Rest In Peace. He did us all so proud.”
Major Steve Parker said: “Genuinely heartbreaking to hear the tragic news of the death of Trooper Jack Burnell-Williams who was just 18 years old.
“RiP Jack your stag is over.”
While the ASA Forces Charity tweeted: “Tragic news ‘Wonderful’ soldier, 18, who walked alongside Queen’s coffin during her funeral procession is found dead at his barracks.
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“Household Cavalry trooper Jack Burnell-Williams played a key role in the royal send-off as one of the men who protected her coffin.”
Her Majesty’s state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19.
2,000 leaders and royals from around the world attended the service, which was also beamed around the world on TV.
Following the state funeral, the Queen was taken to Windsor Castle, where a committal service was held at St George’s Chapel.
Her Majesty was eventually buried beside her husband, Prince Philip, her father, King George VI, her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.
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The former monarch’s cause of death was recently revealed as old age, per a document published by National Records of Scotland on Thursday.
She died peacefully at Balmoral Castle and is succeeded by her son.
King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at the Cop27 climate change summit on the advice of Prime Minister.
The monarch had been invited to the 27th UN climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month.
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