Royal fans have largely welcomed claims the Duchess of Cambridge could take on the prestigious role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards after Prince Andrew returned it to the Queen. One supporter of Kate, @JenCarsonTaylor, commented on the rumours writing on Twitter: “A fabulous idea! We would love to see her in that role. She has earned the honour!”
Another, @enkienkiiii, said: “That would be awesome”
A third, @ALi73926544, believes Kate would bring great honour to the historic regiment.
They said: “That is a massive compliment if it’s true. I believe she will make a great Colonel in Chief.”
Another, @jayneexley wrote: “I think she would be perfect. Such an honour for all concerned.”
@Canellelabelle showered the Duchess with compliments, tweeting: “Yes!!! As this is an honorary title, I hope it gets granted.
“She has absolutely shown resilience, discipline, selfless service to our nation and poised humble grace, befitting a Future Queen. I am absolutely rooting for her.”
Finally, @writing_sand, praised Kate saying: “Prince William couldn’t have picked a better suitor for his wife, a mother to his children, a supporter to Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Charles and him.
This show of support for Kate comes after the Sunday Times reported a senior source in the Guards claiming people in the regiments would “love” if the honorary title was passed on to Kate.
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They said: “From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate.
“We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved.
“She never seems to put a foot wrong.”
A military source also said: “The name of the new Colonel was due to have been announced and it wasn’t the Duchess of Cambridge.
“That it wasn’t announced means they’ve been thinking about it again.”
The Grenadier Guards were created in 1656 by King Charles II as His “Royal Regiment of Foot Guards”.
The historic regiment has taken part in most major campaigns of the British Army and is tightly linked to the Royal Family.
The Queen held the title of Colonel after acceding to the throne in 1952.
It was later passed on to Prince Philip in 1975 and held by the Duke of Edinburgh until 2017 when he retired from public duties.
Prince Andrew then picked up the title and retained it until earlier this month.
This honour is among the honorary titles and royal patronages the Duke of York relinquished following news he is facing trial in New York.
Buckingham Palace announced the move with a brief statement, reading: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Royal sources also said the Duke has retained his HRH style but won’t use it in any official capacity.
Prince Andrew is being sued by Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims.
He has repeatedly and firmly denied her allegations against him.