BRITS have paid tribute to the "incredible" pall bearers who carried the Queen's coffin and said they should "never buy a drink again".
The pallbearers had carried the Queen into Westminster Hall five days ago before taking on the weighty role once more at Westminster Abbey today.
A viral tweet described the eight young men who carried the coffin as " the crème de la crème, the Premier League of pall bearers."
"Nerves (and spines and shoulders) of steel," the tweet added:
The soldiers carrying the Queen's coffin were specially chosen for the role and flew back from Iraq to prepare for today's funeral.
And the eight men, part of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, were deployed on operations in Iraq on the day Her Majesty passed but flew back upon hearing of her death.
It comes as…
- The Queen’s coffin has passed Buckingham Palace in poignant farewell
- Tearful King Charles led his family in an outpouring of grief during his mother's funeral
- Princess Charlotte and Prince George solemnly walked behind their Gan-Gan's coffin
- Kate Middleton paid a touching tribute to The Queen wearing Her Majesty's pearl choker
- Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton looked united in sorrow as they followed the Queen's coffin
After executing their job to perfection, the pallbearers honourable service did not go undetected by other members of the public on social media.
"They have been incredible throughout," praised one.
While others suggested that the lads should never have to get their wallet out for a drink in their lifetime.
One person commented: "Should never have to pay for a drink again. Great job chaps."
"Agree did there Regiment proud I would buy them all a pint," said a third.
The Queen’s Company will retain its name up until the monarch is laid to rest, and will later change to reflect the new King.
Earlier today, the Queen's coffin poignantly passed Buckingham Palace on its final journey through streets lined with thousands of mourners.
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The Queen's coffin was taken past the palace, which served as her home during her 70 years of service.
Some 98 sailors pulled the ceremonial gun carriage, while another 40 marched behind.
Guardsman and members of the Armed Forces followed, all walking at 75 paces a minute.
Thousands of mourners have lined the streets as Her Majesty was driven to Windsor, where she will finally be reunited and laid to rest with her beloved Prince Philip.
The King gave a sombre salute as his mother's coffin went by, just minutes after leading his family in an emotional funeral service at Westminster Abbey.
He was joined by siblings Andrew, Edward and Anne, as well as sons William and Harry, who appeared solemn in reflection as the sombre procession began.
At Wellington Arch, the bearer party lifted the Queen’s coffin from the State Gun Carriage into the glass-backed State Hearse, which Her Majesty helped design.
Bands of the Scots and Grenadier Guards then played a medley of the Queen’s favourites, including Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country as the coffin arrived.
As the hearse left the monument for Windsor, the parade gave a Royal Salute, led by the King, and National Anthem played out.
The King, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, along with other Royal Family members, then left for Windsor by car, travelling along the M4.
It will arrive at Windsor Great Park through Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road and on to Long Walk, where tens of thousands of people will bid a final farewell to the Queen.
At the head of the procession, the hearse will travel up Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and George IV Gate to the Quadrangle.
It will then make its way to St George's Chapel, where a televised committal service will take place in St George's Chapel at 4pm.
On the pallbearers, 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.
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“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.”
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