18-Year-Old Guardsman, Who Walked Alongside the Queen’s Coffin, Found Dead

by J Pelkey
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An eighteen-year-old Guardsman, who walked alongside the Queen’s coffin during her state funeral procession, has been found dead at his London barracks.

Trooper Jack Burnell-Williams, 18, who also went by “Jak”, took on an important role at the Queen’s state funeral last Monday, less than two weeks before he was found to have passed away.

Police and paramedics from London Ambulance Service were called to Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London, at 3.48pm on Wednesday in an attempt to save the young man.

However, there was nothing they could do, and Burnell-Williams was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

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Metropolitan Police said: “The death was unexpected; it has been investigated and is not being treated as suspicious. Officers will assist with preparing a report for the coroner.”

No cause of death has been released.

His devastated mother Laura, 42, confirmed the tragic news on Facebook, saying in an emotional tribute: “Never ever thought I would be saying this but we as a family are all heartbroken with the sudden passing of our wonderful son Jak Williams yesterday.”

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