It has been claimed that the Grenadier Guards want the Duchess of Cambridge to replace the disgraced Prince Andrew as their colonel.
Senior officers of the 366-year-old regiment are eager to see 40-year-old Kate become the first woman appointed to the ceremonial role.
The 95-year-old queen took the role by default when she stripped Andrew of his military title this month amid allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.
The appointment is decided by the regiment and every Major.
A senior Guard source told The Sunday Times: “From straw polling to the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate. We all admire the way she fits and behaves.
“She never sets off on the wrong foot.”
A military source said: “The name of the new colonel had to be announced and it was not the Duchess of Cambridge.
“It wasn’t announced that means they’re thinking about it again.”
Andrew, 61, became Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards in 2017 after taking over from the Duke of Edinburgh.
The announcement of his successor is understood to have been delayed.
Among her eight other military honors were Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own).
And it is now believed he may even lose his 24-hour police protection and bodyguards because he is “not a working royal”.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement earlier this month: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will not perform any public duty and is defending the matter as a private citizen.”
The Grenadier Guards is one of the oldest regiments of the army, formed in 1656.
Specializing in light infantry, they are often obtained by quad bike.
Other features of the regiment include:
- Its red colored tunics and bear skin are recognized around the world.
- Its helping with COVID testing in 2020.
- A total of 14 Victoria Cross medals.
- Motto: Evil is for he who thinks evil.