From terror attacks to world wars and heartbreaking family losses, Queen Elizabeth has endured and seen many dark days throughout her sixty-six years on the throne.
“The most ghastly day of my life reveals Queen Elizabeth.”
However, it has been revealed that the IRA’s 1982 attack on London was the most ghastly day of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
The tragic event, which saw two bombs detonate in Hyde Park and Regent’s Park on 20th July killed about 11 military personnel and injured 50 civilians. Seven horses also lost their lives.
It was a day when the Queen acted differently.
Andrew Parker Bowles, who oversaw the royal household cavalry, has revealed for the first-time how her Majesty reacted to those attacks. He said:-
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“It was a nice, sunny day and suddenly one heard this explosion which was heard in Northern Ireland all the time. One of the barriers opened and someone said, ‘They’ve blown up the Guard’. So we ran down to where the smoke was rising”.
Andrew Parker Bowles added:-
“The first bomb exploded during a Changing of the Guard ceremony in Whitehall. It killed four soldiers and the seven horses. The first horse I saw was Sefton. He had a bloody great hole in him but he managed to pull through”.
“A couple of hours later, a second bomb went off under the bandstand at Regent’s Park. It was where the British Army’s Royal Green Jackets played to 120 people. The second blast killed seven members of the band and wounded several others”.
Andrew, who was married to Camilla at the time, recalled a conversation he had with Queen Elizabeth in the wake of the attacks.
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“Her Majesty said to me it was ‘the most ghastly day of my life'”.
In October 1987, Gilbert McNamee, from Ireland, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. As he was involved in the Hyde Park bombing. Fellow IRA member, John Downey, was also charged with four counts of murder in relation to the attack.