The Duke of Sussex has been made a personal aide-de-camp to The Queen.
Prince Harry’s new role is an honorary one and carries few duties. However, the news is significant because it shows the increasing role that the 34-year-old has within The Royal Family.
Monday’s Court Circular states: “The Queen has been pleased to appoint The Duke of Sussex as a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty with effect from 13th October, 2018.”
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to appoint aides-de-camp.
The role is given to a senior military officer who is appointed to act as the honorary military attendant to the monarch.
Prince Harry is just one of nine royals to hold the position. The other aides-de-camp are the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Kent, the Prince of Wales, Captain Mark Phillips, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, Sir Tim Laurence and the Duke of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in Australia as they tour Oceania.
The royal couple has a packed itinerary, with more than 70 engagements being completed in the 16 days.
Tomorrow the Duke and Duchess will be given an official reception at the home of the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, where they will also meet representatives from the eighteen countries taking part in the Invictus Games in Sydney.
They then head off to Taronga Zoo to hear about work against the illegal wildlife trade and visit the Sydney Opera House. The evening includes a reception hosted by the Governor General. Oh, and there’s a walkabout too.