James Blunt says the Queen’s funeral brought back memories of guarding the Queen Mother in 2002 (Picture: Getty/REX)
James Blunt has spoken of how the Queen’s funeral on Monday has reminded him of guarding the Queen Mother while she was lying in state.
As well as having a hit pop career, Blunt, 48, is a former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army.
Blunt was part of the funeral procession for the Queen Mother, who died during the spring of 2002 at the age of 101, as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The You’re Beautiful hitmaker queued with his wife Sophia, who is the granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington, to see the Queen last week.
The late monarch’s funeral then took place on September 19, and Blunt said it took him on a trip down memory lane.
‘I stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral brought it all back, certainly,’ he told The Daily Mail.
James Blunt and Russell Brand meeting the Queen in 2007 (Picture: Pool/ Tim Graham/Getty)
He continued: ‘It was so emotional and very moving to see it all unfold.’
The Queen died earlier this month at Balmoral castle before her body was transported back to London where she then lay in state.
The Queen Mother lay in state at the Palace of Westminster, where she was observed by an estimated 200,000 people while Blunt guarded her.
The Queen Mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101 (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty)
The singer, who has had four top 10 singles and a UK number one in his career, said he waited in line for several hours to see the Queen.
In a tweet, he joked that he ‘offered to sing’ to the massive crowd and was apparently swiftly ushered to the front of the queue to spare any innocent bystanders.
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In 2018, Blunt also attended the wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince
Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
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