Australian soldier marching the Queens funeral reveals army’s role in procession

Australian soldier in London reveals plans for 39 military personnel to march in the Queen’s funeral

  • Queen’s funeral begins at 8pm (AEST) on Monday, Westminster Abbey, London 
  • Australian Army Brigadier Mick Garraway shared insight into their training  
  • ‘Tremendous opportunity, great privilege be involved in such an historic event’ 

An Australian soldier preparing to march in the Queen‘s funeral has shed light on plans for 39 of his comrades to be involved.

Her Majesty’s funeral will begin at 8pm AEST on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London.

Australian Army Brigadier Mick Garraway said preparations began straight away for the 39 personnel who were selected to take part.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's funeral will begin at 8pm (AEST) on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will begin at 8pm (AEST) on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London

‘It’s a tremendous opportunity, it’s a great privilege for us to be involved in this, such an historic event,’ he told the Today show

‘All of our contingent here have been aware for some time, that we would be required to be deployed over here to London in the event of the Queen’s death… so we were on a list essentially.’

Brigadier Garraway said they were all watching the news for updates on the Queen’s deteriorating condition over recent months.

‘It was a surprise in the end but of course things happen pretty quickly,’ he said.

‘Most of us got the word last Friday and gathered in Sydney then flew through Sunday and Monday over here to London.

Australian Army Brigadier Mick Garraway said: 'It's a tremendous opportunity, it's a great privilege for us to be involved in this, such an historic event'

Australian Army Brigadier Mick Garraway said: ‘It’s a tremendous opportunity, it’s a great privilege for us to be involved in this, such an historic event’

'The troops have been working hard really to prepare themselves for a style of drill and a style of marching that we do not normally do in Australia,' Brigadier Garraway said

‘The troops have been working hard really to prepare themselves for a style of drill and a style of marching that we do not normally do in Australia,’ Brigadier Garraway said

‘There has been a lot of rehearsals, essentially we have been rehearsing the parade itself after hours here in London because of the requirement closed streets.’

The army held rehearsals on the nearby Army Training Centre in Pirbright, which is about 48km west of London.

‘The troops have been working hard really to prepare themselves for a style of drill and a style of marching that we do not normally do in Australia,’ he said.

‘They are looking forward to representing their country in this historic event.

‘Everyone is happy to work together is this environment… we are often away with the Brits, the Canadians and the Kiwis, so it’s great to get together in that Commonwealth team and be part of such a historic event.’

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