David Morgan-Hewitt, a favorite hotelier of the Queen, attends funeral
Before the Queen’s state funeral, His favorite hotelier went to Westminster Abbey.
The Goring is the only hotel to receive a royal guarantee for hospitality services, and David Morgan-Hewitt, also known as “Big Dave”, is general manager.
The Queen loves to dine here with close friends and family and it is often the venue of choice for the royal staff’s Christmas party.
The private hotel, which turned 100 years old in 2010, is a favorite of the royals and received the highest honor when the Middleton family chose it as their London residence for the royal wedding in 2011.
Middletons host their own private reception there for uninvited guests to the Buckingham Palace party and are famous for renting out 71 of the hotel’s rooms to family and friends.
David Morgan-Hewitt personally greeted the Queen during her visits, and is often seen in photographs escorting the king to her car after each.
Employed by the hotel since 1990, Mr. Morgan-Hewitt is as much a landmark as The Goring itself.
After many years working in restaurants, David Morgan-Hewitt took the position of restaurant manager at the hotel.
According to an interview with The Caterer, then-CEO George Goring needed convincing because he didn’t trust Mr. Morgan-Hewitt and his “striped shirt”.
In 2005, he became general manager after starting as general manager.
CEO Jeremy Goring and his overall vision of the hotel, he told the publication, “is basically English, a bit quirky, surprising, theatrical.”
Mr. Morgan-Hewitt spent 26 years at Goring and, according to the hotel’s website, he ‘oversaw some of the hotel’s most important and exciting transitions’.
He was also present to help the Middleton family as they used the hotel as a base of operations prior to the 2011 royal wedding.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1986 from Durham, where he also pursued studies in history and law, before joining the hotel.
Three hours before the start of the ceremony, at 8am, the magnificent oak doors of Westminster Abbey, where the Queen married Prince Philip and received her coronation, opened.
As billions watched the Queen’s state funeral, 2,000 members of the Royal Family, world leaders, VIPs and hundreds of members of the public began to flock to Westminster Abbey.
Hardy Royal supporters ignored signs prohibiting outdoor camping, pitching tents, sun loungers and even a makeshift minibar to secure prime seats for the match.
Hotelier David Morgan-Hewitt has arrived at Westminster Abbey for the funeral. He was General Manager of the Queen’s favorite hotel, The Goring He was one of 2,000 mourners who will pay their respects to the Queen today. Today The Queen’s Funeral: All the latest Royal Family News and Coverage