Mother of 19-year-old pallbearer said she ‘had no idea he would be carrying the Queen’s coffin’

The mother of one of the Queen‘s pallbearers said she was ‘beyond proud’ of her son and had ‘no idea’ that he would be carrying Her Majesty’s coffin until she saw pictures of the rehearsal online.

David Sanderson, from Morpeth, Northumberland, was one of the eight soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards to be selected to carry the Queen’s 500lb lead-lined coffin. 

But such was David’s dedication to his solemn duty that he did not breathe a word that he had been chosen as a pallbearer to his parents or younger brother.

Instead, they only found out about his involvement when photographs of the funeral rehearsals were published by MailOnline.

His mother Carolyn spoke of her pride when she discovered her 19-year-old son had been selected for such an ‘enormous responsibility’.

She said: ‘I’m beyond proud. It has just been amazing. I still can’t believe it happened.

‘We didn’t actually know anything because it was all private to the army. We were looking at some photographs of the…

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