Escorting the Monarch

Escorting the Monarch

by Chris Jagger


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Escorting the Monarch is as close to an official history of the Metropolitan Police's 'Special Escort Group' (SEG) as one could hope for.

You may have seen the team at work; as the combination of motorcycles and cars pass you by, they glide elegantly and seemingly effortlessly through busy traffic. Developing a dedicated and diligent team culture, they are masters of their trade. They hold a well-earned reputation for excellence amongst their peers; delivering their passengers (and cargo) on time, safely, in a great deal of style, and without fuss or mishap. Professional and precise in the execution of their operations, they are neither shaken nor stirred.

Although the work of the SEG demands exquisitely high levels of presentation there is little room for gloss or glitter. The individuals and property they are charged to protect are assessed by government to need the highest possible levels of protection. From queens, kings, presidents and emperors, to priceless works of art, terrorists and high risk prisoners, the group escort them all.

Written by the son of a retired SEG officer who himself served in the British Government's security and intelligence community, Escorting the Monarch is told, in part, through first hand stories and anecdotes gleaned from former officers of the group. The insights offered are unique, privileged and first of their kind. Chris Jagger unfolds a collection of fascinating and never before told stories built on high profile events, such as the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, and the visit of Nelson Mandela.

Now the SEG have honed their skills for over 6 decades. Through a carefully constructed description of a changing security and political environment across the decades, and an insightful analysis of the ingenuity of those who have severed with the SEG, _Escorting the Monarch_ explains the events that made the group who they are today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526720412
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A Londoner by birth, Chris Jagger is the son of the retired SEG officer. Inspired by his dad's own career, he pursued a path of his own working for the British Government, United Nations and NATO in the field of counter organised crime and counter terrorism. His work has taken him around the world, living a numerous countries, but he now resides in Northern Europe. Chris works independently as a teacher, consultant and writer. He proudly serves as professor of Intelligence Analysis at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface Chris Jagger xi

Introduction John Baldwin xv

Foreword by HRH Prince Michael of Kent xvii

Introduction from the Author xix

The 1950s 1

The Visit of Marshal Tito 1

The Queen's Coronation 9

The Russians are Coming 12

The visit of President Eisenhower 15

The Motorcycle Precision Team 17

The 1960s 21

Changes in Leadership 21

The Space Race 31

Escorting the Monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 33

Operation Hope Not: The Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill 35

The State Visit of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia 40

President Richard Nixon 41

The Investiture of the Prince of Wales 43

The 1970s 47

Preparing For a New Range of Threats 47

Things were slow to change 51

Emperor Hirohito of Japan 51

A Royal Honeymoon 53

The retirement of Chief Superintendent John Baldwin 53

Attempted Kidnap of Princess Anne 54

Arming the Group 57

Royals Aboard! 60

New Kit, Training, Tasking and Control 61

EL AL Aircrew Attack 66

The Funeral of Lord Mountbatten 68

The Show Must Go On - The 150th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Police 71

'We Lead Others Follows' - The Coat of Arms 72

The 1980s 75

News Bikes and a New Home 75

Selecting the Best 78

Iranian Embassy Siege 83

The Pope's Visit 86

The Disarming and Disbanding Debacle 90

Murder of Yvonne Fletcher 92

The Harrods Bomb 94

Escorting the Monarch (Again) 96

The Brighton Bombing 98

The Gold Rush 100

A New Communication System 101

Taking a Punt 102

The SEG Christmas 104

The 1990s 113

A New Dawn 113

The Decision to End Precision 116

STT - Seriously Tough Training 119

Post Mortems 120

Royal Relationships 122

Meeting the Monarch 126

VE Day Celebrations 128

Nelson Mandela's State Visit 131

The Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales 134

Our Youngest VIPs 138

My role with the SEG 139

The Future 143

Letter from David Finnimore, Chief Superintendent Traffic Division 149

Index 152

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