Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Royal Command; NORTH EAST SOLDIERS RUB SHOULDERS WITH QUEEN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Royal Command; NORTH EAST SOLDIERS RUB SHOULDERS WITH QUEEN

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Byline: By TOM MULLEN

STANDING within a few feet of the Queen, these soldiers enjoyed the proudest day of their military careers.

Squaddies from across the North East took part in ceremonial duties to mark the State Opening of Parliament in London.

Lining the streets of Westminster, the lads stood guard as Her Majesty arrived in a horsedrawn cart to give her annual speech at the House of Lords, which is lauded as the most spectacular state occasion of the year.

The event, complete with drum rolls and gun salutes, marked the last day in a sixmonth period of ceremonial duties for the Geordie soldiers, from the Second Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Fusiliers Jason Amies, of Bedlington, David Flynn, of Wallsend, Lee Welsh, of Blyth, and Captain David Faulkner, of Whickham, Gateshead, were among the battalion, which will now resume training for duty in Iraq.

Jason, 19, said: "Not many people get to be two feet away from the Queen. …

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