Princess Kate replaces William as the new honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards

While the new Princess of Wales somewhat regularly made appearances at the Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Kate never had an actual honorary position with the Irish Guards. Prince William was the one with the honorary title, but Kate was expected to show up with William every St. Patrick’s Day and hand out shamrocks. She missed a few years out of laziness, but she will have no excuses now: King Charles has made Kate the new honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards.

Kate Middleton has a new title. King Charles III has named his daughter-in-law as the new honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards. The new royal role is a fitting one for the Princes of Wales, who has been honoring that guards regiment most St. Patrick’s Day holidays since marrying into the royal family in 2011.

Princess Kate, 40, is actually taking over the role from someone quite close: her husband, Prince William! Queen Elizabeth named her grandson as honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards in 2011, just two months before Kate and William’s royal wedding, where the groom sported the red Irish Guards officer uniform for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

[From People]

I guess it’s interesting that they took this away from William and gave it to Kate. I suspect the decision is purely about optics – the Irish Guards prefer to have a woman handing out shamrocks. Plus, William was given a different honorary position to make up for this loss – Peg is the new Colonel of the Welsh Guards (they will HATE that). Queen Camilla is also taking on a new position: Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which used to belong to Prince Andrew.

In addition to those announcements, Charles set the date for next year’s Trooping the Colour, which is like the monarch’s birthday parade. Charles will have Trooping later than his mother, who usually held hers on the first weekend in June. Charles’s first Trooping is scheduled for June 17, 2023.

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  1. Emily_C says:

    Is Charles trying to get the Welsh to ditch?

    • Nanny to the Rescue says:

      I suspect he’s trying to win the Welsh over after William’s football blunder.

      But if I am reading Wiki correctly, Charles held this position when he was PoW, so perhaps he thinks this is how it should be and there is no deeper meaning.

      It’s a bollocks position anyway.

      • Carrot says:

        “Charles held this position when he was PoW, so perhaps he thinks this is how it should be”

        A mere step to get to: I divorced my wife when I was PoW …

    • ML says:

      Right, Emily C?! June 17, the birthday of Edward Longshanks is “a choice.”

      From a Welsh and Scottish perspective, this is not the day they would have wanted to be chosen by an English king.

      • Emily_C says:

        Yep! He’s insulted the Welsh so much in such a short period of time, and on such specific dates, it cannot be an accident.

      • Flowerlake says:

        My god. I didn’t know Edward I’s birthday, but I do know enough to know that’s not a good idea.

      • Roan Inish says:

        Where are the Trooping the Colour festivities done? My daughter is getting married in Wimbledon on the 17th and I hope the trooping won’t effect our guest’s ability to get there. I was relieved when the Coronation was scheduled for May.

      • Julia K says:

        Trooping is June 17. Is the wedding also in June? Best wishes to your daughter and her future husband.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I can’t help thinking Charles is shuffling the deckchairs…

  2. vs says:

    When you read all these new honorary whatever… you realize how useless they truly are! Why do they exist or why are they even needed?

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      This is so they can all wear uniforms at public events, because there is a subconscious bias among the public to give people respect when they are in uniform. As much as I hate Andrew, he did serve in combat, and we all know Harry did. Yet Andrew and Harry were the only ones not allowed to wear their military uniforms to Elizabeth’s funeral. All the others who did not serve (Edward, Anne, etc.) got to wear their honorary uniforms. So there you go — now Kate can wear a uniform in public and command respect. These people are pathetic.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        They are pathetic. The argument (weakly) could be made that Edward spent some time in the military. The argument (weakly) with Anne is that she has put out a lot of work/engagements and has actively engaged with her patronages. There is no logical argument to be made that Kate is now an honorary colonel of the Irish Guards. Other than her love of buttons. The BRF really do a disservice to true military people with these honorary titles. Whether the BRF recognize it or not, real military personnel do.

      • Visa Diva says:

        I don’t know if she’ll wear a uniform. There are other BRF members who ate honorary Colonels who don’t wear uniforms, but wear the company badge at events. Princess Alexandra. Sophie Wessex, and I think the Duchess of Gloucester too.

      • KellyS says:

        Omg, I know right? So dumb the rest of the family get to wear their Halloween costumes, while the ones who actually served are told not to.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    This is the same Irish guards she told not to expect her to visit them every year.

    I would be insulted at this if I were them.

    • Ginger says:

      Agreed. Just because she is now the colonel of the Irish Guards doesn’t mean she will show up every year to hand out shamrocks, this is Kate Middleton we are talking about. She is the definition of lazy.

    • MY3CENTS says:

      Yes, remember they made a note of emphasizing this- not to expect her to do it every year.
      How insulting
      Maybe every leap year?
      Blue moon?
      Take your pick.

      • Chrissy says:

        How about once a decade. And only if she can get a brand new $3000 green coat.

      • Green girl says:

        Chrissy: Not just an expensive new coat but one that looks nearly identical to other green coats in her closet.

      • Tacky says:

        Remember when she wore the same coat two years in a row and got roasted for it? There seems to be a contingent that wants to see new clothes.

      • C says:

        LOL. If she got “roasted” for wearing a coat two years in a row I imagine it’s because it was accompanied by a bunch of garbage about how “thrifty” that makes her.
        There’s no contingent that wants to see new clothes. There’s a contingent of people who will excuse her for it every time, rather.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Maybe, . . . *maybe* . . . Charles is doing this to force her to visit every year? I can’t tell with him. I mean, I know he’s vindictive and would do petty things, and/or he really thinks sending Kate will create good will among the guard, or William didn’t enjoy the visits and wanted to pass it to someone else, or . . . who knows. But it could be as simple as Charles needing the Cambridges to show up at more events, and separating them not only gives William his break from Kate, but essentially doubles the number of events they can do.

      • SussexWatcher says:

        I really doubt getting this new title will make her show up every year. There doesn’t seem to be anything they can do to make her work, unless it’s with Ben the yachtsman, watching tennis, or some event (like the caroling) that is focused wholly on her. They’ve given her astronomical clothing budgets, drenched her in the dead queen’s jewels, and given her (and W) the coveted Wales title. And she still barely does anything.

  4. C-Shell says:

    I’m just here for Seamus

    • Lightpurple says:

      Me too!

      • antipodean says:

        Me three! Yay for Seamus, such a good boy! Am I wrong or was one of the regiment’s hounds called Domhnall?

      • Jensa says:

        Yes Domhnall retired a couple of years ago and Seamus is his successor. Gorgeous dogs!

    • Blithe says:

      Agree: Totally here for Seamus! That picture with Kate, with the grimly stoic look on his face, tail between his legs is pure gold. I hope Seamus got a steak dinner for putting up with that.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yup. Seamus was mustering up courage. His tail belied his game face.

      • MicMac says:

        The irony of the British Army giving its mascots Irish Gaelic names. This is the same force that shot Irish people who refused to say their names in English during the war.

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      Me too! I have a beautiful Irish Wolfhound sleeping at my feet this very moment. She says that Seamus and the Guards deserve better than this!

  5. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    William thought it was too much on him already (lol), andrew HAD to be replaced and late is going to have to work more

    Have you noticed the kate doesnt horsesmile or the press doesnt show pics of her horrible xtra-grin-for-no-reason anymore? Injections?

  6. Becks1 says:

    Why are they scheduling a separate trooping this year? I’m sure there will be some sort of military parade and procession as part of the coronation, can’t they just have that and be done?

    I wonder if this is just bc Charles wanted to make William colonel of the Welsh guards, since he’s PoW now, so Kate is filling in this empty role. Funny he didn’t give it to Sophie or Edward lol.

    • Amy Bee says:

      It would makes sense to have Trooping at the same time as the coronation. According to the Telegraph Charles will not be scaling back on the coronation either.

    • SarahCS says:

      Because they want to spend MORE money and show off MORE and thought today would be a great day to announce it in the middle of all our cost of living strikes and when we have the news that this Christmas 21 councils can no longer afford to give the children who qualify for free school meals vouchers so that their parents have help feeding them when they are out of school for the holidays.

      No bread, just circuses.

      • Cerys says:

        Obscene. The government are happy to use tax payers’ money to fund this circus but won’t help the huge number of citizens who are having to choose between eating and heating. If Charlie wants a fancy coronation, maybe he could pawn a few paintings and tiaras to fund it 😡

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Apparently it’s tradition that the PoW is the honorary colonel of the Welsh Guards. So Charles has handed it down to Wiliam. There’s also a Princess of Wales Regiment. I’ll expect that at some point Kate will given that military title as well. If there was proper planning the Queen wouldn’t have given William the Irish Guards to begin with.

  8. Cathy says:

    Looks like Kate is going to need another new green coat next year?

    I do hope she will be able to keep her gob shut?

    Kate will be able to finally cosplay Sophie in camouflage gear? But Kate’s will be tailored skin tight?

  9. Rapunzel says:

    Does this mean Buttons will get an actual uniform? She must be thrilled.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The Royal rota is reporting that she won’t be wearing a uniform.

    • Nic919 says:

      She would rather wear a new faux military cosplay outfit every year instead. Wearing a uniform like Anne does would mean she has to wear something more than once.

      • Layla says:

        @nic919 lol funny enough, did you and anyone else notice how the military cosplay only started when Meghan came around? I never understood what she was trying to achieve with that

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Rapunzel:Royal women don’t usually wear military uniforms. The Queen only did it for Trooping when she used to ride in the parade. Anne gets an exception to do it but it’s not the norm.

  10. ThatsNotOkay says:

    World War William will be miffed he has more Welsh things to do. He hates having to Welsh up any part of his life.

    • Emily_C says:

      His great-grandmother was a huge influence on him, so I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if he has Victorian type racism against the Welsh.

    • Emme says:

      But the press have always said the happiest Will and Kate were was when they lived in Anglesey when he was in the RAF. Remember pics of her pushing a trolley after food shopping, and pics of them slipping into cinemas at night? When she looked healthy and they both looked happy. In WALES!!

  11. Maxine Branch says:

    The amount of money this institution is spending for this man’s coronation and trooping is astounding. The folks in need there have to looking at this mess while shaking their heads. I sure hope he does not expect President Joe to come to his coronation, he will be disappointed if he does.

    • AnnaKist says:

      The king’s “subjects” will be shaking alright.These leeches are spending up big to have a huge dress-up party that will likely go on for days, courtesy of the British taxpayer. Meanwhile, the loyal subjects are shaking with cold, because they cannot afford to turn on a heater in the British Winter, and watching their pennies at the grocery store as prices for basic items shoot higher each day. But no, Your Majesty, spend all you want to, I’m sure going without dinner four nights a week instead of three will be perfectly manageable, The Royals are ninjas at taking the piss. 🤬

    • Steph says:

      Does the money come from the sovereign grant or is the govt paying extra for it?

      • Christine says:

        The answer is in your question. The “sovereign grant” is in place to keep the royals cutting ribbons, and not much else, year after year. It is their taxpayer funded salary.

        All of England is ponying up for this gross display of Chuck and Fam.

    • CourtneyB says:

      The US President doesn’t go to those. It’ll likely be the ambassador. MAYBE the VP.

  12. Layla says:

    I just love the fact that people are calling out the gaslighting abusers for choosing to release a statement about his stupid party over condemning the abuse thrown at their daughter/sister in law.

  13. SarahCS says:

    The fact that this was ‘given’ to William just before his wedding and he then wore that uniform to get married in suggests to me that he just liked the look of the uniform and shouted at Liz until she let him have it.

    • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

      Actually William didn’t want to wear the red uniform for his wedding but Liz insisted.

    • Jasper says:

      Ok, you just blew my mind with that info. I had to do a quick Google to check the wedding photos. I never really put much thought into the uniform he wore as I’m unfamiliar with all the different military branches and their dress uniforms. I just assumed that he wore the dress uniform of the RAF.
      So he was never part of the Welsh guards but just liked how he looked in red. Interesting.

      • Becks1 says:

        See above. It was a non-negotiable part of his wedding from the Queen.

      • C says:

        He had actually wanted to wear the Irish Guards frock coat. This was a coat similar to Harry’s Blues and Royals wedding uniform. The Queen insisted on the red military uniform. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he threw a tantrum and insisted on the Irish Guards and she made a deal with him that he had to wear the red military coat instead of the frock coat in exchange for it.

  14. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Princess Anne was given Harry’s former role with the Blues and Royals, I bet that pissed William off lol!

    • Amy Bee says:

      What role with Blues and Royals was Anne given? That was Harry’s regiment when he was in the Army but to my knowledge he didn’t have a role with them after he retired. It was rumoured that Anne was going to get Captain General of the Royal Marines which was Harry’s but Charles gave himself that role.

  15. Jensa says:

    The Irish Guards deserve better than this vacuous grinning fool. Those photos, honestly – can’t she ever do a genuine smile?

  16. Hyacinth Bucket says:

    Where did she get that coat? The German Wehrmacht?

  17. Beana says:

    The BRF is sinking into new levels of absurdity.
    “Give up your titles, Harry and Meghan! We wanna say you are a disgrace but we don’t want to call attention to all the titled white nonces who haven’t lost anything!”
    “Oh, William, we got new fancy military titles! I’m getting new buttons! And epulets!” *squeals with excitement*

  18. Geegee says:

    This is obviously so they don’t have to show up together. SEPERATED!!!!

  19. Aimee says:

    Great. They gave her another “job” and she can’t even do the one she has.

  20. kelleybelle says:

    Picture with the Black woman in the blue coat … what is Kate so excited about? Holy moly …

  21. Catherine says:

    I wish they would change the name of this regiment. It is insulting, as are her green suits and shamrocks.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      I could not agree more, Catherine. I find it galling to see the British royals wearing shamrocks. The British ruling class, including the monarchy, made life — and death — brutal for the Irish for centuries.

  22. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    The green and shamrocks really are overboard. It’s like everything is an effing joke to her. She wore all the Irish stereotypes even though this visit happened in England (Aldershot, I believe). Maybe next year she can show up with a box of Lucky Charms.

  23. tamsin says:

    Does this mean that Kate has to ride a horse and wear a uniform at Trooping?

  24. Katie Beanstalk says:

    I do like Kate’s fashion here. She looks like one of the Andrews sisters.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Katie Beanstalk, I had to go back up and take another look and you are right! She definitely looks like one of the Andrews sisters!!!! LOL

      P.S. I wonder if the tree she planted was an apple tree?