Soldier plays a starring role at royal wedding

Darley Dale soldier David Lochrie at the Royal Wedding.
Darley Dale soldier David Lochrie at the Royal Wedding.

Billions around the world tuned in to see the royal wedding – and caught a glimpse of a Darley Dale soldier playing a starring role.

Coldstream Guard David Lochrie, 43, who was on the door at Westminster Abbey for the big day, said it was one of the highlights of his 26 years in service.

Mr Lochrie, a former pupil at Darley Church Town School and John Turner School, has appeared in many of the photographs of the historic day.

He performed his role as security for the event which saw him opening the door for the bride, the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family – as well as being one of the first in the world to catch a glimpse of the dress.

Mr Lochrie said: “After three and a half months planning to see it come to its fruition and to see it take shape was superb.

“It was an honour to be part of such an historic day and I was given a very fortunate position at the front door to see the royal family and Catherine Middleton as she arrived. I’ve done 26 years service but now to be part of that was the icing on the cake.”

Mr Lochrie said he had received text and Facebook messages from friends in Australia, Canada and at home in Matlock and Darley Dale to say they had spotted him on television.

Among the 2.4 billion around the world watching the wedding were David’s parents Veronica and John Lochrie, of Darley Dale.

Mrs Lochrie said: “I was so proud to see him. I didn’t miss a second of it. It was beautiful.”