King Charles III becomes Captain General of the Royal Marines in place of Prince Harry

Charles III takes over the military title of Captain General from his second son, Prince Harry. The position has long been held by Prince Philip.

The Duke of Sussex had been stripped of the honorary title of Captain General of the Royal Marines

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, had inherited the prestigious title of Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017, when his grandfather, Prince Philip, retired from all public duties. The Duke of Edinburgh had been appointed to the position at his wife’s coronation in 1953, taking over the title left vacant when his father-in-law, King George V, died a year earlier.

On October 28, on the occasion of the 358th anniversary of the Royal Marine Corps, King Charles III assumed the leadership. The Royal Marines were created on October 28, 1664 by King Charles II. The unit was then known as the Duke of York and Albany’s Foot Regiment. Today, the Royal Marines still belong to an amphibious infantry corps of the Royal Navy.

King Charles III, still Prince of Wales at the time, meets soldiers from the Royal Marine Corps during a visit aboard HMS Echo, moored in the port of Piraeus in Greece, in 2018 (Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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King Charles III follows in the footsteps of his ancestors as head of the Royal Marines

In a message shared by Buckingham Palace, King Charles III said he takes on the title with “the greatest of pleasure.” Usually, members of the Royal Family are given the title of Colonel-in-Chief or Colonel Royal when they are appointed as the ceremonial head of a regiment. In the case of the Royal Marines, the title of Colonel-in-Chief was changed to Captain General in 1948. The true operational head of the Royal Marines is the Commanding General. The current Commanding General is Lieutenant General Robert Magowan.

“I am exceptionally proud to follow in the footsteps of so many members of my family over the past three and a half centuries, all of whom have performed this role with a deep sense of admiration.” Prince Harry, who served 10 years in Afghanistan, was forced to relinquish his military honors following the retirement of his royal duties in February 2021.


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“The Royal Marines have a distinguished and unparalleled history, both on land and at sea. I draw immense inspiration from your courage, determination, self-discipline and remarkable ability to endure the most extreme environments,” King Charles III continued in his message.

“I am deeply honored to be part of the family of this military corps and look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.” The king ended his message with the motto Par Mare, par Terram. King Charles III himself began a military career in the Navy, sent to the West Indies. In the Royal Navy, he held the honorary rank of Admiral of the Fleet. As head of state, Charles is also the commander of the British Armies.

Photos credits: Chris Jackson/PA Wire/ABACAPRESS.COM

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