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Morgan County reserve captain recalls now meeting King Charles

MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – As Michael Kruggel reflects on the death of Queen Elizabeth, he reminisces about fond memories from the UK.

As a reserve captain, Kruggel works for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016, he “was in the right place at the right time” and was asked to travel to England for the Police Memorial Service and represent Tennessee and the United States. Of only a dozen people from the United States, he was the only person from Tennessee to be there.

While in England, Kruggel presented local law enforcement with an American flag and interacted with other agencies around the world as they remembered the lives of officers lost in the line of duty. At one point, the Morgan County man remembers meeting the current King of England.

“Prince Charles, when he stopped, he said, ‘Thank you. I heard there were people from the United States here and I wanted to thank you for coming,’ Kruggel said .

As a self-proclaimed history buff, the trip was all he hoped it would be for Kruggel. He remembers going to places in the Hall of Westminster where you usually need a security clearance to go see.

After seeing national coverage of the Queen’s death, he recalls seeing the Queen in state while in England.

“When I saw it on TV this morning I thought, ‘I know this place’ and it’s very rare for an event to take place in Westminster Hall. It’s a place a normal cop can’t go,” Kruggel said.

The Queen will continue to be in Westminster Hall next week ahead of her funeral on Monday.