Mother and father of those that marched within the Queen’s funeral procession have described watching their kids accompany the Queen’s coffin as a second of “large delight” and one thing they’ll bear in mind for the remainder of their lives.
Kevin Stephens, 62, mentioned seeing his daughter, Cerys, among the many Family Cavalry enjoying Beethoven on the Lengthy Stroll as much as Windsor Citadel was “unbelievable”.
Ms Stephens, 22, has solely been a member of the army band since April this 12 months and needed to “hit the bottom working,” regardless of not but with the ability to full all of her coaching.
“The power she has bought from with the ability to do it – to see herself do it and doing it rather well… It has simply been unbelievable,” Mr Stephens, a administration coach from Midsomer Norton in Somerset, informed the PA information company.
“It’s going to provide her quite a lot of confidence.
“She has been working actually arduous this final week to observe getting (it) completely good for the day.”
Mr Stephens and his spouse Tracy, 59, watched their daughter at dwelling in Somerset however referred to as the day “bittersweet” and “a whirlwind” as hundreds took to the Lengthy Stroll to catch a glimpse of the monarch’s coffin earlier than its ultimate descent into the Royal Vault.
They tried to identify Ms Stephens, who began enjoying clarinet in main faculty and went on to review music at Cardiff College, on the tv.
“We simply couldn’t have dreamed of what’s occurred – dream is the unsuitable phrase as a result of clearly, at this time is a very unhappy event,” Mr Stephens mentioned.
“However by way of publicity and the strain she’s enjoying underneath, my spouse and I have been simply trying on the hundreds of hundreds of individuals lining the band.
“I simply take into consideration how nervous I might be (however) somebody that younger has simply actually taken it of their stride. It’s nice.”
Mr Stephens mentioned his daughter was even among the many first to play God Save The King as Charles addressed MPs and Lords in Westminster Corridor on Monday, September 12.
“We’ve got a household WhatsApp group and I despatched a joking message about it, ‘How did it really feel having the entire of the Home of Commons and Home of Lords singing your tune?’” he mentioned.
“When she thought again, she realised how huge a factor that was.
“I believe she’s nonetheless taking it in, I believe she wants an enormous, deep breath.”
Mr Stephens additionally commented on how “fascinating” it has been to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes for the Queen’s funeral, together with late-night rehearsals of three Beethoven items.
“The one which she informed us that caught with us essentially the most was one through the night time, she actually needed to stand up at one o’clock within the morning,” he defined.
“They usually needed to undergo these streets, which weren’t even lit, to really be certain that they bought their marching and the sequencing and the timing all proper, they needed to go on the actual tempo that they have been going to go on the precise day.
“It’s been difficult and attention-grabbing.
“Clearly it’s not occurred in my lifetime both and seeing the brilliance with which it’s been organised and the way in which during which this nation do pomp and ceremony has been fairly unbelievably uplifting.”
He added he has not but been capable of catch his daughter, who was enjoying in entrance of hundreds round 3pm.
“We aren’t really positive the place she is that this very second, however she’ll definitely be having a beer very shortly I might think about.”
Jamie Dykes, 26, from Devon, was chosen together with round 200 different Marines to attend Portsmouth for drills final week, his father Steve informed PA.
Mr Dykes, 49, mentioned he was was “sat anxiously” along with his household watching the tv to see his son collaborating.
After every week of “very arduous work” in preparation, the youthful Mr Dykes marched at this time in entrance of the gun carriage carrying the queen’s coffin from Westminster to Wellington Arch.
“He felt immensely proud and I informed him he’ll bear in mind this for the remainder of his life,” his father added.