THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
PRINCE WILLIAM APPOINTED AS COLONEL OF THE IRISH GUARDS
The Queen has been pleased to give her formal approval to the appointment of Prince William as Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Prince William will take over the appointment from Major General Sir Sebastian Roberts, KCVO OBE.
The regiment was formed in 1900 by order of Queen Victoria. Based in Victoria Barracks, Windsor, but currently deployed to Afghanistan, the Battalion is made up of five companies and a variety of supporting elements. This is Prince William’s first honorary appointment in the Army, and he will be the Irish Guards’ first Royal Colonel. The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief.