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04-30-2011, 02:26 AM
I think he made you all, and his mum proud. Well done.:)
By Royal Appointment: The skateboarding, punk-loving boy from Harlem who made America proud

By John Stevens (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=y&authornamef=John+Stevens) and David Gardner (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=y&authornamef=David+Gardner)
Last updated at 9:18 PM on 29th April 2011

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Growing up on the streets of Harlem, listening to punk rock and riding his skateboard, Denton John never expected to find himself with a front row seat for the Royal Wedding.
But riding on horseback with his gleaming boots, red plume, sword and immaculately-pressed uniform on Friday, the New Yorker made the country proud as the only American in the wedding procession.
With his breastplate shining in the glorious sun, the 23-year-old took centre stage as he escorted the Queen as she returned to Buckingham Palace following her grandson, Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton.
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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/29/article-1381744-0BD62A8500000578-199_634x421.jpg Pride of America: The Queen's carriage makes its way to Buckingham Palace with Harlem boy Denton John believed to be riding next to the monarch

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Ian McColgin
04-30-2011, 05:27 AM

And some of the best equitation training one could have.

04-30-2011, 05:53 AM
Pity he didn't take her home and bung her in Arizona

Cuyahoga Chuck
04-30-2011, 08:26 AM
I have a video of a sargent issuing a recruit all that sparkling kit. The recruit has to inventory everything by serial number and sign for it. If anything goes missing he will have to pay for it. I'll bet the pay isn't all that good either. And "The Official Secrets Act" will, probably, keep him from writing a book about it.

S.V. Airlie
04-30-2011, 08:37 AM
I'm just curious how he got there? Did he give up his US citizenship? I wonder what the procedure was to enter the Queen's Guard, if he is in the Queen's Guard?...That is a guess on my part...Interesting...

I know my guncle was in the RAF before the US entered, officially, WW2 and was killed over Gibraltar but I sense the US although not in WW2 at that point, turned a blind eye towards yanks joining the RF. I sense this is a different situation.

04-30-2011, 09:54 AM
I believe he was born in the US with parents from Grenada. The family later returned to Grenada. The British Armed forces are well populated with Comonwealth citizens. In the eyes of the UK he is a British subject, in the eyes of the US, he is American. Dual Nationality.

S.V. Airlie
04-30-2011, 09:56 AM
I only saw a mention to Harlem.. This answer makes sense to me and answers my questions..thanks

04-30-2011, 08:36 PM
There's a doco around abt training for the House and Life Guards regiments. It covers both the horsey bits and the regular activities.

Not many make it through the equitation portion.

peter radclyffe
05-01-2011, 03:01 AM

05-01-2011, 03:09 AM
Where did he learn to ride a horse?

05-01-2011, 03:30 AM
Where did he learn to ride a horse?
Learn to ride and learnt to ride different concepts.

05-01-2011, 06:00 AM
Never know where us Yanks will show up!

Bringing down the world, one royal monarchy at a time. ;)

05-01-2011, 07:55 PM

Brilliant stuff!