Prince Andrew, 61, was succeeded by the Queen, 95, as colonel of the Grenadier Guards after the Duke of York was stripped of his honorary military roles. The regiment’s troops, who are stationed in Aldershot and London, were sent an email informing them of the move from the regiment’s ceremonial commander.
Lieutenant General Roly Walker, 51, wrote: “I am sure you will offer a personal ‘Three Cheers’ for the colonel, an appointment she first held in 1942, 80 years to the day on February 24 this year.”
He added: “Buckingham Palace have informed me that in due course the colonelcy, along with the duke’s other titles and affiliations, will be reallocated to another member of the Royal Family.”
However, Lieutenant General Walker also informed troops he would write to Andrew “to thank him for his time as colonel”.
The Duke of York took on the role back in 2017, after his late father Prince Philip retired from public life.
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“I am sure you will offer a personal ‘Three Cheers’ for the colonel.”
However, Prince Andrew was stripped of his military titles on January 13 after an American judge ruled the Duke of York must face a civil trial over allegations he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre, 38, when she was 17.
Andrew vehemently denies the claims made against him.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The Grenadier Guards, who were formed in 1656 by Charles II in Bruges, have a rich history
The decision to relinquish Andrew of his titles came after pressure mounted on the Queen to act.
Officers reportedly felt “uncomfortable” about having to drink to Andrew’s health at the end of their regimental dinners.
Grenadier Guards veteran Julian Perreira also called for the Duke of York to step down as colonel.
The ex-lance sergeant said: “Being allowed to retain his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards and other military titles, Prince Andrew will put a stain on the regiment’s proud history and will devalue the hard work of past and future generations of Grenadiers
Lieutenant General Walker told troops he would write to Andrew “to thank him” for his colonelcy
The Queen replaced Andrew as colonel of the Grenadier Guards
“He must step down immediately.”
The Grenadier Guards, who were formed in 1656 by Charles II in Bruges, have a rich history having fought in several significant skirmishes, including the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
The anti-monarchist pressure group Republic also published a letter with signatures from over 150 military veterans demanding the monarch to strip her son of his military affiliations.
But Colonel Richard Kemp, 62, appeared confident the Queen would put her duty to the British military before the Royal Family.
He told the Times earlier this month: “If she decides it would be right for Andrew to forfeit his military titles she will do so, putting her duty to the forces above any family considerations or personal views.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK