A 24-year-old household cavalry soldier was found hanging in his barracks, a coroner said yesterday (Tuesday).

Lance Corporal Joel Robinson had been serving with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, when he died.

He was confirmed dead at the scene and a file was prepared for the Berkshire Coroner Heidi Connor, who opened an inquest into Mr Robinson's death in Reading yesterday.

Mrs Connor said: “The preliminary cause of death following a postmortem examination is given as asphyxia due to hanging. Identification was confirmed by Tim Puddifoot on March 25.

“I would like to record my most sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very say time.”

A spokesman for the Household Cavalry said: “We can confirm that a soldier has died on March 25, 2019 while on duty in Windsor. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.”

Mr Robinson's guardian, Dee Lockhart, of Walton, Brampton, north Cumbria, had organised a full military funeral for the soldier on Tuesday, April 30 at Windsor Garrison Church.

The date of the full inquest was to be confirmed at a later date.