Soldier, 18, who attended Queen’s state funeral, found dead in barracks | british news

A teenage soldier who attended the Queen’s state funeral has been found dead in his barracks.

Household Cavalry Trooper Jack Burnell-Williams was one of those who deceased monarch’s coffin as it was carried by a carriage through Whitehall and down the Mall after the service at Westminster Abbey.

The army has confirmed that the 18-year-old from Bridgend, South Wales, was killed in the Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge on Wednesday.

Police do not consider his death suspicious.

He was considered one of the Household Cavalry’s newest recruits.

An army spokesman said: “It is with sadness that we can confirm the death of Trooper Jack Burnell-Williams on September 28, 2022 in the Hyde Park Barracks.

“Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected.”

The case has been referred to the coroner.

Sharing a photo and tribute on Facebook to her son, known as Jak by his family and friends, his mother Laura Williams, 42, wrote: “Never thought I would say this but we as a family are all heartbroken by the sudden passing of our wonderful son Jak Williams.”

On the day of the Queen’s funeral, his father Daniel Burnell shared a video of Household Cavalry troops accompanying the flag-draped royal coffin.

He wrote: “My son is doing his duty for the Queen on her last voyage. So proud of you Jak Williams xx very proud father xx.”

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