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


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.