A police officer hailed as a hero after being attacked by rioters has been appointed bodyguard to Camilla Parker Bowles.
British-born Les Turner, whose past duties include guarding the Countess of Wessex while she was having her baby, and accompanying royals on official tours, is the Royal Family's first black protection officer.
Turner was a 35-year-old constable when in 1993 he was viciously attacked by militants who had broken away from an anti-racism march. He received such a battering that his riot helmet split into two pieces and his superiors say it was a miracle he wasn't killed.
His bravery and coolness under fire brought him to the attention of police chiefs who appointed him to the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department, where he quietly rose through the ranks. "He is a total pro and will be a valuable asset to Camilla," said a source.
Prince Charles is reportedly thrilled that Mr Turner is to be responsible for his intended's safety.