So I was in the officers mess
with a number of the other officers
And we'd we'd sort of been closely
throughout the week really as we
when we just sat down to dinner and it was
just as we were finishing dinner
of the passing of Her Late Majesty
was a sad moment really for the squadron
I think a lot of people felt
And there's a number of other units
to the Royal Family
amongst others on the station,
that were were upset
And I think that kind of started
see later throughout the nation
quite a deep and emotional level to to
So we were actually rehearsing for
so we were supposed to be going to Paris
So we rehearsed in that in our in our big
at the time
It was kind of
not expected, but people knew
she was poorly.
I think it was it was a matter of time.
And when the when the news came
It was all hands on deck.
It was just to be available to
Because at that point
and all the high ranking officers,
So, yeah, it was a case of,
My wife and I said, don't expect me
You know, this is
this is number one priority
now for for the whole of the military,
When she passed, I was
Just waiting and for the for the news that
that nobody really wanted.
And then from then on
And we were when
everything just got dropped
and it was all right,
We've trained for it.
This is what we need to do kind of thing.
We knew what the squadron's role was so
the Guard of Honour on the repatriation,
And then obviously we knew that
But at that point
Later we train for it all the time,
Oh, this is going to happen.
So and then when it did happen,
and it was just go time.