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Woodbridge: Father and son provide security for The Queen

PUBLISHED: 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.

Stowmarket Road in Great Blakenham was closed on Saturday night after a car left the road and crashed into a house.

Police have named the van driver who died in an accident on the Orwell Bridge on Friday as 67-year-old Michael (Mick) Rayner from Essex.

A new customer service office has opened in Sudbury as Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils prepare to move their main operations to Ipswich where they will share Suffolk’s Endeavour House headquarters.

Road crews from Highways England will be working at the following sites on East Anglia’s busiest roads over the next week – so this is where drivers can expect to find delays:

Colchester MP Will Quince was visibly moved as the House of Commons passed a new law giving parents the right to compassionate leave from work after suffering the tragedy of stillbirth.

The snooker area at Bears Pool & Snooker Club in Ipswich has now opened following the venue relaunch this summer.

A primary school student is counting down the days until the Bury St Edmunds Round Table fireworks display after winning an artwork competition to be the VIP.

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