- Verlene Taubman
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- EXCLUSIVE: Queen's pallbearers who carried Her Majesty's coffin
The soldiers have been praised for perfecting the task on Her Majesty's final and saddest journey while watched by billions around the globe as their families described their deep pride at what they did for 'Queen and country'.
But their most important job was carried out in private, when they laid Her Majesty to rest with her husband, father, mother and sister in the royal tomb at St George's Chapel, Windsor, with a small audience of just the King and his close relatives on Monday night.
Today MailOnline can name the eight soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, who were flown back from operational service in Iraq to take part in Monday's funeral.
The youngest hero was Fletcher Cox, 19, from Jersey, who finished 'top of his class' as a cadet aged just 15 where he was handed the highest accolade any young soldier can achieve on the Channel Islands - the Lieutenant-Governor's medal - and gave a speech where he said his 'sole ambition' was to parade for the Queen.
The band of brothers were expertly guided throughout by Company Sergeant Major Dean Jones, an instructor at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where Prince Harry trained to be an officer.
Famously the Queen reviewed Harry when he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 2006 - with both unable to hide their grins.
Guardsman James Patterson: James is a keen bodybuilder - whose strength was useful as the soldiers carried the heavy lead lined coffin up the steep stairs of St George's. His Facebook page shows him in various poses wowing friends with his muscly frame
'Bodybuilder' James Patterson
James is a keen bodybuilder - whose strength was useful as the soldiers carried the heavy lead lined coffin up the steep stairs of St George's.
His Facebook page shows him in various poses wowing friends with his muscly frame.
He attended the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, before studying at West Suffolk University, according to his social media pages.
Guardsman David Sanderson: One of the Queen's pallbearers, from Morpeth, Northumberland, whose family declared their pride for what he has done for 'Queen and country'
David Sanderson, 19, whose sense of duty is 'in his blood'
David Sanderson is a British soldier who has served in the King's Guard and lives in Morpeth, Northumberland.
David attended King Edward Vl secondary school in Morpeth before leaving at 16 to join the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.
By the time he was 17 he was stationed at the regimental headquarters of the Grenadier Guards at Wellington barracks, first joining the second battalion.
He then moved to the first battalion, the Queen's Division, like his late grandfather John.
The 19-year-old left his parents filled with 'indescribable pride' as their son took on the 'enormous responsibility'.
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