The Daily Telegraph

Her Majesty’s Ship Collingwoo­d


The Queen’s father, the then Duke of York, was the link between his daughter and the battleship.

Before and during the Great War he served as a midshipman on it, including at the Battle of Jutland.

Crew will work on a tri-service guard of honour, led by a naval officer, who will stand in Parliament Square as her coffin passes. They will also form the bulk of the 136 personnel delivering the state gun carriage.

Others will act as street liners in London. Based in Hampshire, HMS Collingwoo­d is the Royal Navy’s largest training establishm­ent. All service personnel will wear Full Ceremonial Day Dress, with all officers and warrant officers Class 1 in the Royal Navy and Household Cavalry wearing black armbands 3¼ inches wide on the left sleeve, the bottom of the band two inches above the elbow. Colours will be draped with black crepe and drums will be muffled and draped. Drum Major staves will be draped in accordance with respective Service and Regimental customs.

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