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Woodbridge: Father and son provide security for The Queen

10:35 07 June 2014

Sergeant David Giesen, 48, from the Palace of Westminster Police and  his son Trooper Adam Giesen, 24, of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, from Woodbridge, provided a guard for the Queen during the state opening of Parliament.

Sergeant David Giesen, 48, from the Palace of Westminster Police and his son Trooper Adam Giesen, 24, of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, from Woodbridge, provided a guard for the Queen during the state opening of Parliament.

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The state opening of Parliament provided a particularly proud moment for one Suffolk father.


While Palace of Westminster police officer David Giesen was providing security at the Sovereign’s Entrance, his son, Trooper Adam Giesen, of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, was just yards away providing the Life Guard for the Queen in the Stair Lining Party.

Sgt Giesen, 48, from Woodbridge, has been a Metropolitan Police officer for 29 years and is now a member of the Palace of Westminster Police, where his duties include providing security in the Houses of Parliament, counter-terrorism and vetting visitors.

It was the first time he had been so closely involved in a state opening of Parliament, and came with the added surprise that Adam was going to be one of nearly 1,300 service personnel on duty, and that his duty post would be in exactly the same place.

He said: “I’m immensely proud of Adam being in the Household Cavalry and it’s fantastic to be working alongside him as we’re part of the same team looking after the safety and security of Her Majesty”

Meanwhile, his 24-year-old son is coming up to four years’ service with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, based at Knightsbridge. Among his duties, he is a saddler, maintaining the saddles, bridles and other leatherwork for the regiment’s 220 horses. Nearly all new recruits go to the mounted regiment before the operational regiment in Windsor.

Tpr Giesen hopes to be promoted this year and would eventually like to become a Master Saddler in the regiment, which would follow a seven-year apprenticeship.

“It’s great to be working near my dad – we don’t see enough of each other so it’s real luck to be in the same place for such a big occasion,” he said.




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    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Agreed, the so called "Royal Family" of comparatively recent (200 years) Hanoverian origin imposed upon us native English who have been here for thousands of years, are just scroungers, it's all pomp and pomposity! That dysfunctional WindsorWales family owns more land and mostly empty rooms than most hotel chains. If Charlie REALLY wanted to solve the rough sleeper issue he could do that without much trouble and cost to his vast fortunes.

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    Steve Blake

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I think if you take into account that most of it comes back into the economy, and then add in the amount that is brought in from tourism, it actually works out as value for money.

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    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I can't help thinking that there are more worthwhile things to do in life than guarding the country's biggest benefits scrounger.

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    Saturday, June 7, 2014

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