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Escorting the Monarch (Hardback)

Social History Biographies

By Chris Jagger
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9781526720412
Published: 11th October 2017


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Escorting the Monarch is as close to an official history of the Metropolitan Police's 'Special Escort Group' (SEG) as one could hope for.

You may have seen the team at work; as the combination of motorcycles and cars pass you by, they glide elegantly and seemingly effortlessly through busy traffic. Developing a dedicated and diligent team culture, they are masters of their trade. They hold a well-earned reputation for excellence amongst their peers; delivering their passengers (and cargo) on time, safely, in a great deal of style, and without fuss or mishap. Professional and precise in the execution of their operations, they are neither shaken nor stirred.

Although the work of the SEG demands exquisitely high levels of presentation there is little room for gloss or glitter. The individuals and property they are charged to protect are assessed by government to need the highest possible levels of protection. From queens, kings, presidents and emperors, to priceless works of art, terrorists and high risk prisoners, the group escort them all.

Written by the son of a retired SEG officer who himself served in the British Government's security and intelligence community, Escorting the Monarch is told, in part, through first hand stories and anecdotes gleaned from former officers of the group. The insights offered are unique, privileged and first of their kind. Chris Jagger unfolds a collection of fascinating and never before told stories built on high profile events, such as the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, and the visit of Nelson Mandela.

Now the SEG have honed their skills for over 6 decades. Through a carefully constructed description of a changing security and political environment across the decades, and an insightful analysis of the ingenuity of those who have served with the SEG, Escorting the Monarch explains the events that made the group who they are today.

The UK is renowned for the excellence of its ceremonial events. The Special Escort Group is an adjunct to such events but also has a very practical purpose. Having travelled with five prime ministers, I have had the privilege of seeing the operations of the Special Escort Group at first hand. Their pride in their work and its high quality shines through every page of Chris Jagger’s book, told entertainingly through specific episodes.

Lord Robin Butler

Escorting the monarch is full of fascinating details sure to make it interesting both to those who know a bit about the Special Escort Group and those who have not heard about the SEG before. The author Chris Jagger is a son of a former SEG officer and the book is very personal and at the same time unique. His interviews with former SEG members shed new light on historical events often with new information about world leaders. Anyone looking to learn more about the Special Escort Group should not miss this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Jakob Thor Kristjansson, Security Consultant

About Chris Jagger

A Londoner by birth, Chris Jagger is the son of the retired SEG officer. Inspired by his dad's own career, he pursued a path of his own working for the British Government, United Nations and NATO in the field of counter organised crime and counter terrorism. His work has taken him around the world, living a numerous countries, but he now resides in Northern Europe. Chris works independently as a teacher, consultant and writer. He proudly serves as professor of Intelligence Analysis at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

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