‘Serving the crown is special, historic, and means a lot – not just from a professional perspective but also a personal one

Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex, the son and daughter-in-law of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, visited Manchester City Centre earlier yesterday. (Thursday 15 September 2022).

The Royal couple viewed the Book of Condolence in Central Library, floral tributes in St Anne’s Square and the Book of Condolence in Manchester Cathedral – where they also lit a candle.

GMP officers and horses provided a visible and covert presence across the city centre to ensure the safety of the Royals and members of the public and were honoured to do so.

One officer said: “For me serving the crown is momentous because I come from a family that has served in the forces. I am an ex-soldier myself and my daughter is currently in the army. So, for me to be here today serving the crown is special, historic and means a lot, not just from a professional perspective but also a personal one too.”

Whilst another added:  “We are here today for the Royal visit, we are immensely proud to serve the people of Greater Manchester.  It has been a very special day for ourselves and our police horses to interact with members of the public during this time.”

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