Jack Burnell-Williams, a youthful 18-year-old guardsman who participated in Queen Elizabeth’s state burial and was responsible for protecting Her Majesty’s coffin, was just discovered tragically dead at his barracks. The untimely and unexpected death of the young man with a large and respectable responsibility sparked a multitude of concerns.
This month, the Daily Mail reported that 18-year-old Trooper Jack Burnell-Williams played a key role in the extraordinary procession guarding Her Majesty’s coffin as it was carried on a majestic gun carriage from Westminster Abbey, through Whitehall, down The Mall, and past Buckingham Palace to Wellington Arch.
Wednesday at 3.48 p.m., police and London Ambulance Service paramedics rushed to Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, central London, after the alarm was sounded. “He was declared deceased at the scene,” a Friday afternoon report stated.
The beloved Queen was put to rest at Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, alongside her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who had died the year previous.
“On the day of the Queen’s funeral, the soldier’s family proudly posted video footage of troops from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment taking part in the ceremony, saying that their son was ‘doing his duty for the Queen on her final journey’,” the Mail Online report added.
“But just days later devastated mother Laura, 42, posted a picture of her son, known to his family as Jak, on horseback in his ceremonial uniform and wrote in an emotional tribute on Facebook: ‘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.’”
Police confirmed that they are not examining the death of Trooper Burnell-Williams as suspicious at this time. Given Jak’s previous close relationship and enormous responsibilities with the grandmother of the royal family, this does not soothe suspicion or prevent British public from expressing astonishment and asking concerns.
According to the Daily Mail, “Trooper Burnell-Williams, who served in the Blues and Royals, is thought to be one of the Household Cavalry’s newest recruits. His family from Bridgend, South Wales are planning on setting off dozens of blue balloons in his memory tomorrow.”
“Jak is thought to have taken part in a series of ceremonial events during the official period of mourning following the death of the Queen on September 8 – including guarding King Charles III and senior members of the Royal Family when the coffin was taken in a gun carriage procession to Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace ahead of her lying in state.”
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Suspiciously, nowhere in the lengthy report of this tragically young man’s death did it include any details to what caused his sudden passing. Police aren’t suggesting a cause of death, which seems odd for a seemingly healthy 18-year-old in his prime. It leads one to wonder if there was some foul play for some reason, given his proximity to the Queen.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson simply said in their public statement on the matter: “An 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”
“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.” CONTINUE READING…