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Former Balmoral Guard member Duncan Rasor, who met the Queen while serving in Scotland, wore his military medals and Glengarry headdress as he lined up to pay his respects to the Queen in state.

The 48-year-old served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and said: “I spent four months in the Vale of Balmoral so was able to meet the Queen and spend time with her.

“So from a personal perspective, I wanted to come and pay tribute to her for all that she has done.”

He described spending time with the Royal Family as an “extraordinary privilege” and added: “Even though they’re on vacation at Balmoral, they’re still working, and it never stops.

“I think it’s something that’s starting to become more apparent to people, it’s how hard Her Majesty has worked her whole life.”

He served with the regiment between 1997 and 2002 and wore a Northern Ireland Medal and a Kosovo Medal.

When asked why he decided to wear his Glengarry medals and headdress, he replied: “She was our Colonel-in-Chief so, having been in the regiment, I could have gone down without her, but I retired 20 years ago so I’m not a serving soldier, but this is a rare opportunity to put on a headdress and wear medals again and just be proud, I guess.”