'They did country proud': Viewers heap praise on pallbearers who carried Queen's coffin

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Britain's King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top of it carried by pallbearers as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried Her Majesty's coffin in Westminster Abbey. (Getty)

The guardsmen who carried the Queen’s coffin have been praised for their professionalism as she was laid to rest on an emotional day.

Soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, were under immense pressure, with millions of people around the world watching on.

The pallbearers remained faultless when carrying Her Majesty’s coffin in Westminster and Windsor as people paid their last respects to the longest reigning monarch.

The soldiers showed composure whenever they transported their commander's coffin which was draped in the Royal Standard.

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The Bearer Party of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre inside St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at the Committal Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Bearer Party carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard. (Getty)
Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, west of London, after making its final journey to Windsor Castle after the State Funeral Service. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The work of the eight pallbearers was highlighted by people watching from home. (Getty)

The work of the eight pallbearers was highlighted by people watching from home, including MPs.

Tory MP Tom Hunt said: “I can’t imagine how hard and emotionally challenging it must have been to have carried Her Late Majesty’s coffin just once.

“They’ve done it time and time again this week. With billions watching. They’ve done Her Late Majesty and the country proud.”

Labour MP Barbara Keeley described the bearer party as "wonderful”.

The guardsmen maintained their composure despite being faced with the challenge of carrying the coffin up the steps to the West Door of St George’s Chapel.

Tory former minister Eddie Hughes added: “I held my breath for every step… These lads are amazing.”

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Pallbearers from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into St. George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Pallbearers prepare to carry the coffin into St. George's Chapel. (Getty)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Some viewers were concerned when they saw the steps. (Getty)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives outside of St Georges chapel inside Windsor castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The guardsmen remained composed as they carried the coffin up the stairs. (Getty)
The Bearer Party take the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from the State Hearse, into St George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, for the Committal Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Andy Commins / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDY COMMINS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Bearer Party reached the top without any problems. (Getty)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The pallbearers were praised for their professionalism. (Getty)

Carla Lockhart, Upper Bann’s DUP MP, paid a heartfelt tribute to the soldiers.

She said: “Amidst the pageantry and occasion, eight young men silently went about their duty.

“The weight of the world on their shoulders, the glare of the world on them, but they were flawless.

“They did themselves, their families and our country proud. Thank you."

While broadcaster Stephen Fry praised the soldiers with a quip, adding: “Bearer Party, to the pub – quick march.

“Bearer Party, lift tankard. Bearer party, down beer. You’ve earned it.”

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Pallbearers from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022, to Lie in State following a procession from Buckingham Palace. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EMILIO MORENATTI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The guardsmen carry the Queen's coffin into Westminster Hall on Wednesday (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Pallbearers from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards prepare to carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Another image of the guardsmen from Wednesday. (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The Queen's coffin departs Westminster Abbey. (Getty)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II being carried by pallbearers leaving the State Funeral held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Queen's coffin leaving Westminster Abbey following the service. (Getty)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II being carried by pallbearers at the State Funeral held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
The pallbearers maintained perfect balance. (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:The pall bearers lead the coffin away during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by - Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The soldiers were praised for their composure. (Getty)

The Queen’s Company will retain its name until the monarch is laid to rest and later change to reflect the new King.

The unit had a close connection with the Queen – as the serving monarch she held the position of company commander and made a personal review of the company every decade.

Former British Army soldier Major Adrian Weale said: “They became the Queen’s Company immediately after the death of George VI and the Queen has been commander ever since.

“It’s their role to protect her body, both in life and in death, remaining the Queen’s Company until King Charles decides otherwise.

“Their duties will then be transitioned to the next monarch.”

On the day the Queen died, the unit was deployed on operations in Iraq but returned to take part in the ceremonial events.