“I have been the Special Escort Group (SEG) lead since 2017 and during the last five years I have been involved in escorting members of the Royal Family, Ministerial Figures and other VIPs. Following the sad death of Her late Majesty the Queen, I will have the honour to do so once again.
“I first escorted Her late Majesty and the late Prince Philip in 2017 from an event at Pangbourne College to Windsor Castle and I was immensely proud.
“I remember that Her late Majesty was travelling in one of her official vehicles, a beautiful Bentley and we were escorting her down some narrow lanes in order to join the M4 motorway. This part of the escort went smoothly and it was only when we joined the motorway that I was advised by one of the local police riders that he had passed a mattress/obstacle in the fast lane. I managed to navigate the convoy around that and we arrived back at Windsor Castle where both Her late Majesty and the late Prince Philip waved “a thank you” as they entered the castle gates.
“It was a huge privilege to be leading an escort for our Head of State at such an early part of my SEG career.
“I have also co-ordinated the Special Escort Group for Royal Ascot since 2017. Each day my team assists with the Royal Carriage procession from Windsor Great Park to the racecourse, past huge crowds of fans and well-wishers. The roads are always lined with school children, residents and other visitors all waving flags and cheering. As the lead motorcyclist for this event I travel ahead of the carriages thinking how immensely privileged I am to be a part of this.
“Whilst the atmosphere for this procession will be sombre and respectful, that feeling of immense privilege will sustain as my team help safely escort her to her final resting place.”
Sergeant James Atkinson, Roads Policing, Thames Valley Police