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Coleraine Irish Guard had role in King’s Coronation

Lance Corporal Michael Ferguson from Coleraine played a major part in the Coronation Ceremony of King Charles III.

Before the King, 74, was crowned in a spectacular ceremonyat Westminster Abbey in London, he was anointed with Chrism oil by the Archbishop of Canterbury during the church service. The curtain was held up by service personnel from the Regiments of the Household Division.

Continuing tradition, this “most solemn and personal of moments” was concealed behind a special screen, Buckingham Palace said. “It has historically been regarded as a moment between the Sovereign and God, with a screen or canopy in place given the sanctity of the Anointing,” courtiers explained.

The Coleraine man, serving with the Irish Guards, had the role of maintaining the cover around the King as the Monarch was changing his cloak, thereby guaranteeing privacy.

Michael is the son of proud parents mum Amanda Purdy and dad Eddie Ferguson and lists his and lists his off-duty past-times as playing football and running.

Well done Michael, Coleraine is proud of you.

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Maurice Bradley