Queen’s ‘insanely tall’ aide sparks jokes at her funeral

He took Her Majesty to new heights.

Royal observers were stunned by the strapping physique of Queen Elizabeth II’s assistant private secretary, who was spotted head and shoulders above other mourners at the monarch’s funeral on Monday.

Matthew Magee – who is 7ft 2in – walked in front of the Queen’s coffin during an outdoor procession, and many took to Twitter to ask about the identity of the “insanely tall” mystery man.

“That very tall man in the cortege, a member of the royal household, must be the royal lightbulb changer!” one joked.

“He is well known as the captain of the Royal Household Basketball Team,” remarked another sarcastically.

Matthew Magee – who is 7ft 2in – walked in front of the Queen’s coffin during an outdoor procession on Monday, and many took to Twitter to ask about the identity of the “insanely tall” mystery man.
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The Northern Ireland-born aide was hired by Buckingham Palace in 2018.
The Northern Ireland-born aide was hired by Buckingham Palace in 2018.
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Experts were quick to clarify that the man was Magee – who worked with the Queen for four years until her death.

The Northern Ireland-born aide was hired by Buckingham Palace back in 2018, replacing Samantha Cohen, who went on to work for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


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Magee had previously worked as private secretary for Prince Edward and was chosen for promotion to the Plum role because of his “brilliant mind” and “great sense of humour”, according to the Daily Mail.

In fact, the aide has been spotted with the monarch on several occasions in recent years, making for a comical contrast to the queen, who stood at just 5ft 3in.

Queen Consort Camilla joined King Charles behind the coffin in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s coffin is carried into Westminster Abbey in front of senior royals on Monday.
Prince William, Prince George, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte sit front row at the funeral.
Prince William, Prince George, Princess Catherine of Wales and Princess Charlotte sit front row at the funeral.

Magee was just one of many public figures who took the spotlight at Monday’s history-making funeral – which was watched by billions around the world.

Eyebrows were raised as President Joe Biden and wife Jill sat 14 rows down during the service at Westminster Abbey.

Meanwhile, the third heir to the throne Princess Charlotte, 7, was seen teaching her big brother Prince George, 9, royal etiquette – and instructing him to bow during the service.

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