A PROUD Rhuddlan grandmother will be glued to the television this weekend as she watches her granddaughter take on an crucial historic role during the King's Coronation.

Georgine Gray, 84, of Rhuddlan, is looking forward to seeing her granddaughter Gunner Bethan Roberts, 19, take centre stage during the six-gun salute to mark King Charles III's coronation.

Bethan, who will be among those manning the traditional 13-pounders, will attend the parade on horseback.

Rhyl Journal: Gunner Bethan Roberts, 19Gunner Bethan Roberts, 19 (Image: Submitted)

A friend of the family told the Journal: "Bethan is the daughter of Georgine's eldest son, Andrew. She became a member of the famous mounted King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery after completing her initial army training in Yorkshire."

Bethan, of Stroud in Gloucestershire, was already a keen horsewoman before joining the army.

In addition to her equine skills, she is also an accomplished trumpeter and will take part in a ceremonial fanfare.


As well as Georgine, Bethan's father Andrew, mum Christine, sister Cerys, 22, and friends and relatives will also be tuning into the coronation coverage.

Georgine said:"I know Beth, whose late grandfather, Glyn Roberts, was for many years chief photographer for the Rhyl Journal, will be happy to know her step-grandad Norman "grampy" Gray was also instrumental in supporting her career.

"It will be a wonderful day for all the family and I will be so proud of her selection on what will be a most memorable day."