Military wife chosen to receive commemorative medal from the London Mint Office

Tara O'Connor

Military wife chosen to receive commemorative medal from the London Mint Office

A rare commemorative medal was gifted to a specially chosen 90-year-old at her home on Thursday.

Caroline Lloyd was presented with a silver medal created by the London Mint Office.

The medal is only one of two created and is valued at £495. The other will be presented to the Windsor based Coldstream Guards on June 11 at the official Queen's Birthday Parade.

Caroline is a military wife, with her husband and son both serving 28 years as soldiers.

They were also both members of The Queen’s Guard and the Yeoman of the Guard – better known as Beefeaters.

Caroline has met the Queen a number of times and turned 90 on June 24 last year.

Most recently, she had the chance to meet Her Majesty outside Windsor Guildhall and wish her a happy birthday as part of the 90th celebrations in the town last month.

Caroline was selected by the mint office for the special honour because of her family’s association with the Queen and the armed forces.

The 90-year-old, who is originally from South Wales and has lived in Windsor since the 60s, said: “I am very honoured, it is such a lovely thing to have.

“The Queen has been there all my life and being with the army I’ve been to many functions where she has been present.”

She added she is looking forward to showing her brother and cousins in Wales her new medal on her next visit.

Nick Hart, marketing director at the London Mint Office, presented the medal to Mrs Lloyd at her home in Poolmans Road. He and his team first saw Caroline on television talking about her own 90th birthday and decided she was the perfect recipient for the medal.

He told the Express: “We were looking for someone the same age as the Queen and we were bowled over by her story.

“As well as being the same age she would have also shared a platinum wedding anniversary with her.”

Not to be outdone by mum, Caroline’s son John, was also presented the same medal in bronze.

The Knowl Hill resident has been a curator at the Household Cavalry Museum for 10 years and says he will display the medal there.

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