Rhys Lugg keeps it in the family
A FORMER pupil of Ferndown Upper School has followed in his father’s military footsteps.
Trooper Rhys Lugg is a member of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment based in Knightsbridge, the second member of his family to service in the Queen’s Life Guard.
His father Steve Lugg and currently Deputy Mayor of Ferndown served as a Life Guard from 1980-1993 before transferring to other duties and eventually leaving the army as a Warrant Officer in 2004. His 24-year service included spells in Germany and Northern Ireland, as well as being part of the deployment for the first Gulf War in early 1992.
During the 1980s Steve was on parade variously for Trooping the Colour, State Opening of Parliaments, Investitures and royal weddings.
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His son Rhys is currently on ceremonial duties in London, based at the same Hyde Park Barracks and in the same troop as his father.
Rhys, who is also part of the Household Cavalry Ski Team, will be posted to Windsor in late 2014.
The military link between the two continues however, as Steve Lugg has been accepted and is on a waiting list to join the Yeoman of the Guard. Steve hopes to be on parade in 2014 with his son.
Both are also looking forward to the Household Cavalry’s Presentation of New Standards on 28th May next year on Horse Guards Parade Ground, before attending a Royal Garden Party.