A soldier from Brigg has been given the opportunity to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by escorting the Queen’s carriage during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
29 year old Jamie Bradbury will be part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s Sovereign’s Escort which will escort the Royal carriages from the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace.
Jamie’s grandfather John Welby shod the shoes of the horses that were used in the the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 when he was a farrier with the Life Guards regiment.
Jamie is a Lance Corporal of Horse in the Lifeguards and said that taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was a wonderful opportunity: “It is a real honour.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like this as it may never happen again. I will be involved with escorting the Queen and other royals from the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace.
“My grandfather would have been very proud to see me taking part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”
Jamie has always had a passion for horses and joined the army 13 years ago.
He worked in Knightsbridge, London for seven years before he began working in Windsor with the Armed Regiment for six years.
He has now returned to Knightsbridge and is preparing for the first major generals’ parade of the year.
“We are now practising for the first major generals’ parade of the year, where we will be inspected to get everything ready for that,” he said.
“Then we will be practising for the jubilee.
“I signed up for the Army when I was 16 and nine months. My grandfather was a real inspiration behind me joining.
“I have always liked working with the horses and the reason I joined the Army was to work in the Mounted Regiment.”
The former Immingham Comprehensive student served a six-month term in both Afghanistan and Iraq and said both were distinct experiences.
“Iraq was different,” he said. “I broke my wrist, which meant that I was not there for quite as long.
“Our work in Afghanistan involved a lot of patrolling around Helmand province, which meant we got to see a lot of what was going on there. It was very tough.”