Published 10 February 2011

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.

Background
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.