Carlow man awarded by queen

Pat Carroll worked at Buckingham Palace for 60 years

Pat Carroll poses with the medal he received from the queen today for his 60 years of service at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Getty

Pat Carroll poses with the medal he received from the queen today for his 60 years of service at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Getty

Tue, May 21, 2013, 18:57

An Irishman who has worked at Buckingham Palace for 60 years was presented with a gold medal by Queen Elizabeth today.

Pat Carroll, who is from Carlow, started working as a palace messenger on the day of the queen’s coronation in 1953. He worked in the lord chamberlain’s office before becoming a state porter, welcoming guests to events at the palace. The 84-year-old still works part-time as a state porter.

The Royal Victorian medal is a reward for personal service to the royal family.

“This was a wonderful surprise, ” said Mr Carroll. “I hadn’t a clue. I’m so proud to have served the queen. It’s been an honour.”