Carlow man is awarded Royal Victorian Medal by The Queen

Carlow’s Pat Carroll who has worked at Buckingham Palace for 60 years has been presented with a gold medal by Queen Elizabeth.

Pat Carroll poses with the medal he received from the queen for his 60 years of service at Buckingham Palace.

Pat Carroll poses with the medal he received from the queen for his 60 years of service at Buckingham Palace.

Pat  started working as a palace messenger on the day of the queen’s coronation in 1953.  He worked in the lord chamberlain’s office before becoming a state porter, welcoming guests to events at the palace and today after 60 years the  84-year-old still works part-time as a state porter.

The Royal Victorian Medal was established by Queen Victoria in April 1896 and is issued in recognising personal service to the royal family.

“This was a wonderful surprise. ” Pat said afterwards. “I hadn’t a clue.  I’m so proud to have served the queen.   It’s been an honour.



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