5 May 2023
Able Seaman Tammy Vaughn’s Nan will be watching the TV closely this weekend as her granddaughter marches through the streets of London as part of the King’s Coronation procession.
She will be marching alongside 38 of her peers in Australia’s Federation Guard as part of a contingent of Commonwealth nations in the procession that will take the newly crowned King and Queen to and from Westminster Abbey.
Able Seaman Vaughn said she feels honoured and proud to be part of this historic moment.
“It is such a surreal experience,” Able Seaman Vaughn said.
“I'm looking forward to marching with all the other nations and just being a part of something so big.”
Able Seaman Vaughn, from Wagga Wagga in NSW, found a passion for drill in the Army Cadets, where she signed up to be involved in every ceremonial duty she could. Having found a vision for her future, she enlisted in the Navy as a boatswains mate.
“Before I joined the Navy, I had seen videos of dawn services and I remember thinking, ‘wow, I would love to be part of something like that’,” she said
“Then I found the Australia's Federation Guard. I put my name down for it and I got the part.”
Able Seaman Vaughn’s Nan, Tina Manning, will be setting up for a party in their Wagga Wagga family home to celebrate the King, and her granddaughter’s special day.
“My family is very proud, especially my Nan. She brought me up and I feel like she will be very proud to watch me, on the day, be a part of such a historic moment,” she said.
“As I get older, it's something I am going to remember for the rest of my life, and I can carry that on to next generations. That's what I love about it so much.”