The Royal Family and the British Armed Forces have a long and well-established connection. Many regiments of the Army have, as their Colonel-in-Chief, a member of the Royal Family. Through this, the regiment can foster close ties with the Monarchy and also have someone to represent the regiment on ceremonial occasions.
Most members of the Royal Family hold colonelcies of regiments in some form, including female members.
The Countess of Wessex is Royal Colonel of the 5th Battalion the Rifles, Princess Anne is Colonel of the Blues & Royals and Prince William is Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Whilst many members of the Royal Family have military experience, it is not required to be appointed Colonel of a regiment – the role is not an administrative or service one, rather the royal colonel will typically be present at medals parades, events in the presence of The Queen and regimental gatherings, dinners and galas.
Some members, such as the Duke of Edinburgh, have over 20 appointments just in the Army alone, yet staying in contact with the regiment is regarded as highly important to the Duke.
The Duchess of Cambridge could well be given an honorary military appointment, like her husband the Duke of Cambridge and many other royal wives past and present in the not-too-distant future.
Currently, she often accompanies Prince William to medals parades and regimental events for the Irish Guards of which His Royal Highness is Colonel. An appointment of her own is highly likely at some stage before she becomes Queen and as a working member of the Royal Family, would be considered essential.
As king one day, Prince William will be Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces as well as holding personal appointments to certain regiments and even right down to being Company Commander of what’ll be the King’s Company, Grenadier Guards.
Vacancies for Colonelcies come and go in the Army and The Queen is typically involved in selecting colonels – could it only be a matter of time before the Duchess of Cambridge is put forward for one – surely many regiments wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity of having Kate’s first colonelcy.
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What a slap in the face to the hard working military. She doesn’t care about her countrymen and making her a colonel would require work and understanding what the regiment does. It would be nice if she could start by supporting her charities.
It would help enormously if the media weren’t so obsessed with what the Duchess wears and explained more in their coverage of what the Duchess is doing at each place and why it is so important both for the charities concerned and for the work the Duchess does in connection with them.
I think they covered what the duchess was doing on remembrance day quite accurately. Perhaps if the duchess dressed like a grown up the media could focus on the charities. Or is how she dresses someone else’s fault? Or should the media not comment at someone acting like she does? Did you see the photos of her naked buttocks while on official duties in Canada – the wind, totally unexpected.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a working member of the Royal family who works hard as the patron of a number of charities for children and those less fortunate. Since she has been Royal Air Force wife, she should focus on RAF units who need a Royal colonel as the RAF has traditionally been underrepresented at Court. To say this is a slap in the face to the hard working military is to display a profound ignorance of English history.
The fact is most people don’t think she works hard. She shows up for an hour mostly for a photo op and then leaves. When you see pictures of her visit she is playing with her hair etc. I cannot in good conscience compare her level of activity with princess Anne, the queen, prince Harry or even the countess of Wessex. The reason her clothes are made such a big deal of, is because she likes it that way. Otherwise we wouldn’t keep having wardrobe malfunctions or buy some of the most expensive clothes. And please don’t tell me she’s still learning her job or she has a baby. Lots of hardworking mom’s work longer hours with no help from staff etc.
Sorry – will never be a fan when I look at what the others do and she is married to a future monarch potentially.
I find myself agreeing with you. Her demeanour and actions during Remembrance Day this year was appauling to say the least – preoccupied with twirling her hair with a smile whilst a sombre Countess and Vice-Admiral stood at either side of her observing the gravity of the day. Perhaps a colonelcy will see HRH get more involved with the Armed forces and take a more keen interest in their roles – past, present, and future.
Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as strong as she is would join the regiment if required. She is only in the Royal British family for a short while now. We should not make any judgment calls now. She has a pregnancy and allow her time. She has attended many Royal Duties functions in Pregnancy. I think a lot of people think she is supper women. She may even have another child after thins because as you know to have a healthy child you have to be young. So give it a break.
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