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Love Islands AJ connected to Royal family as brother attended Prince Philips funeral

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The newest arrival to the Love Island villa, Andrea-Jane Bunker, has a brother who played a vital role at Prince Philip’s funeral. Tom Bunker is a Lance Bombardier in the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Based in Woolwich, Lance Bombardier Bunker is a member of the ceremonial unit in the British Army, The Daily Star reveals.

The King’s Royal Horse Artillery, part of Her Majesty’s Mounted Ceremonial Battery, was created in 1947 after an inspection by King George VI.

Since then, members of the King’s Troop have played central roles in great ceremonies of state, including when riders from the ceremonial unit carried the coffin of Diana, the Princess of Wales, at her funeral in 1997.

In April, AJ’s brother was one of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery members instructed to fire the processional minute gun at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

At the funeral, three First World War 13 pound guns were horse-drawn and taken from Combermere Barracks to Windsor Castle’s East Lawn.

After Prince Philip was laid to rest, Lance Bombardier Bunker’s girlfriend published a Facebook post which said: “So proud of all the work you’ve put in to make HRH Philip’s send off beautiful and respectful.”

She added: “What an amazing thing you have done, so proud”.

And earlier this month, Tom also attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show and received the first ever Best Gun Team award.

AJ’s brother was the Sub Gun Team Wheel Driver at the UK’s largest outdoor horse show.

The award given to Lance Bombardier Bunker and his colleagues was presented by Her Majesty The Queen.

On Tom’s Instagram, he has posted stories encouraging people to support his sister during her time at the Love Island villa in Majorca.

Tom also posted to Facebook and said: “Big shout out to my big sis, making it onto love island! she’s a good egg and she’s got a good heart massive thanks to everyone supporting her, means a lot”.

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The 28-year-old hair extension technician only joined the contestants on the ITV 2 programme on Wednesday but has already has her eyes on a few of the boys in the villa.

Joining the villa after the boys came out victorious in the Stags vs Hens challenge, the Hertfordshire girl has already revealed her fancy.

She said: “There is something about Teddy. He’s a bit of me.”

AJ has also suggested she is keen to talk to model Aaron Francis and PE teacher Hugo Hammond.

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