Queen Elizabeth has given a prestigious promotion to her favourite servant.

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The monarch has made Paul Whybrew – the aide who saved her from her bedroom intruder Michael Fagan in 1982 – Serjeant-at-Arms to Her Majesty in recognition of his 32 years of service.

Whybrew enjoys lots of quality time with the queen, with only her husband Prince Philip and her personal assistant Angela Kelly enjoying more access to her.

A source told the Daily Express: “The queen loves Paul and wants him to stay with her for life. They are so close that she will often ask him into her living room to watch television with her if she is on her own and they will spend hours chatting. He knows more about her than anyone else but he would never betray her.”

Another insider added: “He’s a really nice guy but he’s also incredibly efficient. She’d never be able to do anything if he left her.”

Whybrew – who is known to the queen as Big Paul – will be one of three Serjeant-at-Arms. He will be restricted to ceremonial duties, and perform the role of carrying a silver gilt mace at state occasions.

In 1982 he came to the queen’s rescue when Fagan, a psychologically disturbed father-of-four, evaded security to scale the walls of Buckingham Palace and entered the monarch’s bedroom.

Whybrew answered the queen’s pleas for help and wrestled him out of the bedroom.