In what is a first in the history of East Dorset District Council, and could be the first appointment of its kind in any council in the country, the current vice chairman and Ferndown councillor, Cllr Steven Lugg is to be enrolled as a Yeoman of the Queen’s Bodyguard on Tuesday 3 March, before the State Visit of the President of Mexico, when he will be on duty for Her Majesty.
To be eligible to be appointed, forces personnel need to have served 22 years, have reached the rank of Sergeant Major and hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.
The Bodyguard date from 1485, where following the Battle of Bosworth King Henry VII formed his own personal bodyguard. The Queen’s Bodyguard, as distinct from the yeoman warders at the Tower of London, guard Her Majesty on state and ceremonial occasions. Their headquarters is at St James’ Palace. As a member of the Royal Household, a yeoman’s commitment and dedication to the Royal Family is complete.
More information about the Bodyguard can be found at http://yeomenoftheguard.com/.
Steven is no stranger to this type of duty, having completed many ceremonial seasons in London with the Household Cavalry. He said, “This is both an honour and a pleasure to a patriot. I look forward to continuing my service for Her Majesty. It will be especially exciting if I am on duty with my son.” Trooper Rhys Lugg is currently serving in the Household Cavalry.