The loyal 6ft4 staff member Tall Paul who was with the Queen in her final days

One of the Queen's most loyal aides, nicknamed "Tall Paul" was with the late monarch in her final days before she passed away aged 96 on 8 September.

Paul Whybrew, 63, worked with the royal household for over 40 years, and being personal page to the Queen meant that he shared a very close relationship with her.

The 6ft 4in man is believed to have been nicknamed "Tall Paul" to distinguish between him and another of the Queen's footmen, Paul Burrell, who at 5ft 10in was much shorter.

The Queen's closes aides, including Tall Paul, were with her in her final days and royal expert Victoria Ward told the Telegraph that they would help "with jigsaw puzzles, delivering her beloved Racing Post and simply keeping her company as she watched television."

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She added that they: "Had become indispensable, keeping her spirits up and her mind sharp."

The Queen was so fond of Paul that she gifted him his own furnished quarters at a house near Albert Lodge in Windsor Great Park after she requested he spend more time there as she herself intended to spent more time at Windsor Castle once she turned 80.

Paul obliged, moving from Kensington Palace, and the Queen paid for renovations to ensure Albert Lodge was to his liking.

"The Queen told him to decorate it to his taste and send her the bill. She said she wanted him to be comfortable," a royal insider told the Mail.

He is the one who wrestled and detained a man who had trespassed into Buckingham Palace and made his way into the Queen's bedroom in 1982.

Tall Paul moved the man, named Michael Fagan, into the butler's pantry where he made him a whisky and talked him down until the police got there.

Paul even got a starring role in the Queen's famous Bond skit in 2012 to introduce the Olympic Games in London, and he could be seen walking beside the Queen and Daniel Craig in one shot.

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Fast-forward to 2022, a very solemn Paul was seen taking part in the procession of the Queen's coffin today, after it left her state funeral at Westminster Abbey before being taken to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

"Tall Paul" was not the tallest employee in the Queen's household however, as another aide Matthew Magee stands at a towering 7ft 2in.

The former assistant private secretary to the late monarch joined Paul in the procession of the Queen's coffin on the day of her funeral.


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