James Blunt says Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was ‘very moving and emotional’

‘It brought it all back’: James Blunt says Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was ‘very moving and emotional’ as he recalls standing guard at the Queen Mothers funeral in 2002

James Blunt has said that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was ‘very moving and emotional’ as he recalled standing guard at the Queen Mothers funeral in 2002. 

The singer, 48, was a former officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, before achieving fame in 2004 with his debut album. 

When posted at the Household Cavalry Regiment, who take part in ceremonial duties, James was stood guard during the Queen Mother‘s laying-in-state in April 2002 – following her death at aged 101 in March.

Memories: James Blunt, 48, said that Queen Elizabeth II's funeral was 'moving and emotional' as he recalled standing guard at the Queen Mothers funeral (pictured September 2022)

Memories: James Blunt, 48, said that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was ‘moving and emotional’ as he recalled standing guard at the Queen Mothers funeral (pictured September 2022)

Speaking to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, in London, he admitted that he had been very moved by Queen Elizabeth II’s death. 

James explained: ‘I stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral brought it all back, certainly.’

The singer, who married Sofia Wellesley, 39, granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington, in 2014,  added: ‘It was so emotional and very moving to see it all unfold.’

Role: The singer, was a former officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, before achieving fame in 2004 with his debut album (pictured right in Kosovo in 1999)

Role: The singer, was a former officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, before achieving fame in 2004 with his debut album (pictured right in Kosovo in 1999)

Honour: James explained: 'I stood guard at the Queen Mother's funeral, so the Queen's funeral brought it all back, certainly' (Pictured - the Queen Mother's laying-in-state in April 2002)

Honour: James explained: ‘I stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral brought it all back, certainly’ (Pictured – the Queen Mother’s laying-in-state in April 2002)

It comes as James and his wife were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen on Sunday in London near Tower Bridge.

The singer looked smart in a black suit as he placed a tender hand around the arm of his socialite partner, 39, who wore a navy long-sleeved top.

They were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours to see the late Monarch lie in state in Westminster Hall.

The queue: It comes as James and his wife were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen on Sunday in London near Tower Bridge

The queue: It comes as James and his wife were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen on Sunday in London near Tower Bridge

Laying-in-state: They were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours to see the late Monarch lie in state in Westminster Hall (September 2022)

Laying-in-state: They were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours to see the late Monarch lie in state in Westminster Hall (September 2022)

James stood guard over the Queen Mother’s coffin while she lay in state in 2002 and held the rank of captain in the Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, until he left in the same year. 

Sofia is thought to be friends with The Queen’s grandaughter Princess Eugenie, and she joined the You’re Beautiful hitmaker in attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding. 

The Queen died at the age of 96 at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday.

Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday.

Mourning: The Queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday. Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday (Pictured in June 2021)

Mourning: The Queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday. Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday (Pictured in June 2021)

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