We were chosen for our strength, say the first female naval sailor to pull the state saffron carriage

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She added that she believed 15 women had pulled the carriage, which made it “even more of a privilege, and not a single woman has pulled the carriage yet.” So it makes it even more of an honor.”

WW2 Neal was not the only female soldier with a key role on Monday. Tilly Bishop, 20, of the Life Guards Household Cavalry, was a trumpeter in the procession. She drove behind the royal cars and washed Platinum, a tight gray horse, on Sunday.

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She said, “You try to keep them as clean as possible, but for a gray one, it can be quite difficult.”

The horses had also been trained that morning, so they weren’t too excited for their moment in the spotlight.