A BRITISH Red Cross volunteer from Bristol was part of the ceremony for the Coronation of King Charles III.
Frederick Botsford, 25, from Westbury-on-Trym, will form part of the guard of honour during the ceremony on Saturday, May 6, as part of the Civilian Services Contingent.
Frederick is an ambulance support volunteer with the British Red Cross and helps the charity by looking after its emergency vehicles, driving them between Red Cross offices, cleaning them and making sure that their MOT and servicing is up to date.
He was selected to be involved in the Coronation alongside 21 other volunteers from the charity.
He said: “I thought it would be really interesting for me to see the British Red Cross in the public view, because I feel like what we do is often less well known and more behind the scenes.
“I thought it would be nice for us to be able to represent the organisation nationally alongside the other services, and also for the public to see us and recognise the volunteers for what we do.”
Frederick has previously taken part in the Remembrance Day service in London as part of the CSC, and he is thrilled to also be part of the Coronation.
“When Queen Elizabeth II died last year, I was quite moved. It was a moment of change that I had never seen before and my parents had never seen before. Even my grandparents were too young to remember King George VI dying in 1952.
“So this change, with King Charles III becoming the monarch, is something that as a country we haven’t seen for such a long time,” he said.