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Former Sullivan pupil forms part of Queen's State Funeral Procession

Former Sullivan pupil Matthew Magee towered head and shoulders above mourners as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession.
20 Sep 2022

The monarch was laid to rest on Monday 19th September on an historic day filled with pomp and ceremony.

Matthew, from Holywood and part of Sullivan' Class of 2003, walked just in front of both the naval gun carriage, and later the Royal hearse bearing Her Majesty's coffin, having been appointed as an Assistant Private Secretary in 2018.

He was previously the Duke of Kent's Private Secretary and one publication reported that he was hand-picked to work with the Queen because of his “brilliant brain”. A royal insider told The Sun at the time: “He is a smashing guy with a great sense of humour and the Queen will love working with him on a daily basis.”

Standing at over 7 foot tall, Matthew was easily spotted by those watching the funeral procession both in person and on television, and has been featured extensively across digital and social media as he fulfilled his last duty to the Queen.

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