Duke Of York Officially a Colonel

The Duke of York formally assumed the Colonelcy from The Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards at a Parade at Windsor Castle today.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975.

In January The Queen gave her formal consent to the appointment of The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

In August 2017, Prince Philip retired from Royal engagements. With his retirement, Prince Harry became Captain General Royal Marines last December, and now Andrew takes over with the Grenadier Guards.

The Grenadier Guards can claim 78 Battle Honours having served with distinction in campaigns throughout British history spanning from the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars, they have been awarded a total of 14 Victoria Crosses and one George Cross.

With his new appointment, Prince Andrew who is not a keen horseman as his parents and older brother and sister has been seen out having riding lessons. The new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards must be ready for his first go on horseback at Trooping the Colour this summer.

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