Rhys follows in father’s footsteps to become member of the Household Cavalry (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Rhys follows in father’s footsteps to become member of the Household Cavalry
2:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A FERNDOWN man is following in his father’s footsteps after joining an historic regiment famous worldwide for protecting royalty.
Rhys Lugg, 22, a former Ferndown Upper School student, has joined his father Steve as a member of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
The company, based in Knightsbridge, London, provides a daily ‘Queen’s Life Guard’ at Whitehall.
Steve, Ferndown’s deputy mayor, served from 1980 to 1993 before transferring to other duties and eventually leaving the Army as a warrant officer in 2004.
He said: “My great grandfather was in the Dorset Yeomanry in the First World War before becoming Master of the Hounds with several packs, so it is in our blood and it’s what we do.
“Besides that we are royalists, and proud to be English.”
The councillor was on parade for world-famous ceremonies, including trooping the colour, the state opening of Parliament, royal weddings and more during the 1980s.
He said he is ‘very proud’ of his son, adding: “He can achieve whatever he wants.”
Trooper Rhys, who passed out of riding school in 2012, is currently on ceremonial duties in London.
He is based at the same Hyde Park barracks as his father once was.
“I’m even in the same troop – Troop 1 of course – as my dad,” he said.
The two men have also both competed in the Richmond Cup, which features a parade in full kit in front of the Queen, almost 30 years apart.
And despite the difference in age, Steve may join his son again in the future. He said: “I’m on a waiting list to join the Yeoman of the Guard, and I really hope to be on parade next year with my son.”
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