Foreword by HRH Prince Michael of Kent
Although 'Escorting the Monarch' only took four years to research and write, the author has explained that it is in fact based on a lifetime of observation and thought. A blend of interviews, true stories, personal accounts and historical analysis - the book is structured into decades, starting in the 1950's and finishing with a glance into the future. To help the reader appreciate the SEG at its fullest, the author occasionally writes from his imagination, allowing you to meet world leaders face-to-face, and putting you directly into the seat of a motorcycle escort.
The groups incredible story is told in part through anecdotes gleaned from former officers of the group - the insights offered are unique, privileged and entertaining - providing a behind the scenes look into the world of some of the most powerful and influential people in the world. In addition to his own personal analysis, Chris Jagger unfolds a collection of fascinating and never before told stories built on high profile, politically important, and historically significant events. Escorting the Monarch is a story of ingenuity, teamwork, precision, determination and total dedication to the mission at hand. Drawing on the help of a collection of intriguing characters who made the group what they are today, this a very personal book, and as close to an official history as one could hope for.
65 Years of Excellence
To mark the 65th birthday of the SEG, the book was officially launched at Hatchards bookshop in Piccadilly (the UK's oldest bookshop - by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales) on the morning of 18th October 2017. The book was then 'escorted' and presented to HRH Prince Michael of Kent at his home in Kensington Palace. The day concluded with a private party attended by over 100 retired SEG officers and their families. The evenings undertakings were aboard Lord Amory, which is currently moored at South Quay in the Docklands below Canary Wharf.