Bedfordshire Army Officer from Ampthill speaks of sadness for the Queen after lining the route of Duke of Edinburgh's funeral

"She appeared all alone dressed in black on her way to say farewell to her husband"

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:16 pm

An Ampthill Army Officer has said it was a huge privilege to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday.

Captain Bryce Titman, 32, who serves with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, was in command of soldiers from The Blues and Royals who lined the route of the procession at Windsor Castle.

Bryce said: “When I initially arrived in the quadrangle I was focused upon ensuring that I got my half company into the correct position within the allotted time and performing my role to the best of my ability.

The Queen arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday
The Queen arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday

“The image that will stay with me was when Her Majesty drove past The Blues and Royals, my helmet limiting my vision so she appeared all alone dressed in black on her way to say farewell to her husband. We were there to support Her Majesty and to honour the service of HRH Prince Philip.

“I feel immensely proud to have been involved in this state occasion, however I do feel a great sadness for HM The Queen at the loss of her husband. I lost my mother a few years ago and standing on parade listening to the bands play some of the songs that played at my mother’s funeral I had an opportunity for a moment of reflection."

Captain Titman joined the Army seven years ago and is currently based at Pirbright.

The Blues and Royals is part of the Household Cavalry Regiment. It operates as both an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard of the monarch. The Regiment is often seen at State Ceremonial and Public Duties and is the mounted escort to The Queen.

Captain Bryce Titman is the pictured with the gold braid on his shoulder, standing behind the bonnet of the car
Peter Phillips, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the ceremonial procession at Prince Philip's funeral
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip's coffin