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Prince Charles, Prince William & Duke of Kent to attend ‘Senior Colonels Conference’

DSCF1793Tomorrow, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Kent will be attending what is known as the Senior Colonels conference at Buckingham Palace.

As colonels of the regiments of footguards, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duke of Kent will attend a meeting at the Palace to discuss regimental business.

The meeting would normally be chaired by the Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (the senior regiment of foot), though due to his admission to hospital, he won’t be attending the conference.

As Colonel of the Irish Guards, Prince William will be attending along with his father, the Prince of Wales as Colonel Welsh Guards and  his first cousin twice removed, the Duke of Kent as Colonel Scots Guards.

The only non-royal colonel of the footguards, Lieutenant General James Bucknall, Colonel Coldstream Guards, will also be attending the conference.

The conference for the colonels happens every year and is held at Buckingham Palace. The Royal Colonels are the symbolic heads of the regiments of footguards. Whilst they play an active role in the regiment, supporting it and being involved in all sorts of events, the members of the Royal Family don’t necessarily serve in the regiment.

The most recently appointed colonel is Prince William, who was appointed Colonel of the Irish Guards in 2011, shortly before his wedding. He wore the uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards to his wedding in 2011.

On Saturday, the Royal Colonels and Lt Col Bucknall will be on parade at Horse Guards Parade for the annual Trooping the Colour to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Official Birthday.

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