Kate, Sophie and William all handed key military roles in major royal shake-up

Buckingham Palace has announced that several senior members of the Royal Family will be taking on new military roles.

It has been said that the new appointments will continue to reflect the close relationship between the Armed Forces and the Royal Family in King Charles' reign.

A number of Prince Andrew's former military patronages have been handed out following Queen Elizabeth's decision to strip her second son of his honorary roles in January 2022.

The new appointments are the latest in a number of additions by the King as he previously moved to make Queen Camilla the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the Prince of Wales became the Colonel of the Welsh Guards and the Princess of Wales took over from her husband as the new Colonel of the Irish Guards.

As Head of the Armed Forces, as well as a military veteran, the King holds many key positions, but has now also taken on the following roles:

  • Sponsor, HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Tank Regiment
  • Captain General, The Royal Artillery
  • Captain General, The Honourable Artillery Company
  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Marham
  • Air Commodore-in-Chief, RAF Regiment

The Queen expressed her support for the Grenadier Guards at Trooping the Colour earlier this year and was most recently announced as the new Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Lancers.

However, Queen Camilla can now add another military association to her name as she has become the new Patron of The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department.

The Prince of Wales has many ties to the military, including his time serving as a Platoon Commander in The Blues and Royals and spending three years working as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

Earlier this year, Prince William took over from the King as the new Colonel of the Welsh Guards. He has now also become:

  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Mercian Regiment
  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Army Air Corps
  • Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley

Much like other senior royals, the Princess of Wales has many military affiliations, including her role as the new Colonel of the Irish Guards which was previously held by Prince William.
As well as serving as Royal Honorary Air Commodore of the Air Cadets and Sponsor of HMS Glasgow, the Princess is also now:

  • Commodore-in-Chief, Fleet Air Arm (a role previously held by Prince Andrew)
  • Colonel-in-Chief, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards
  • Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Coningsby

The Duke of Edinburgh holds a range of military appointments, including 20 years spent as the Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

Prince Edward is also Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion The Rifles and the Colonel-in-Chief of The London Guards – where he recently made his Trooping the Colour debut on horseback with his two eldest siblings and nephew, Prince William.

In a show of thanks for his youngest brother's decades of service, the King has made him the Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Dragoon Guards and the Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

The Duchess of Edinburgh’s military appointments include Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles and Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Wittering.

The popular royal has now also become the Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Irish Regiment (a position previously held by Prince Andrew) and the Royal Colonel, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry.

A lifelong supporter of the military, the Princess Royal has become the new Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Princess Anne has many links to the country and is already Colonel-in-Chief of both 1st Battalion The Ranger Regiment (formerly 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland) and 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Duke of Gloucester has been Patron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Foundation since 2012 and has now become the Air Commodore-in-Chief, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

The Duchess of Gloucester has become the Colonel-in-Chief, Adjutant General’s Corps, but has been associated with the regiment since 1992 where she previously held the appointment of Deputy Colonel-in-Chief.

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