King Charles Takes on New Role (and New Title) Previously Held by Late Mother Queen Elizabeth

When Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 last September, her oldest son King Charles (formerly known as prince) took his mother’s place and ascended to the throne. And now, it appears that the monarch will be taking on another role that was previously held by his late mother.

Today, King Charles has been named the new Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Engineers. This title used to be held by the late queen.

In honor of this new role, His Majesty will personally meet with representatives from the Corps of Royal Engineers during his state visit to Germany. In addition, he will have a chance to witness a demonstration of a wide river pontoon bridged by the 23 Amphibious Engineer Squadron.

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According to the official royal family website, the Corps mainly operates to “provide global military engineering” and “technical support to the British Armed Forces and their allies.”

The announcement was made on the royal family’s Instagram account earlier this morning. In the new IG Story post, the King of England is photographed standing next to Lieutenant General Sir Tyrone Urch KBE (Chief Royal Engineer) at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, March 14.

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Sir Tyrone shared how it is a great “honor” to have King Charles as their new Colonel-in-Chief. He said in a statement: “I am absolutely delighted that His Majesty The King has agreed to be our new Colonel-in-Chief. This is a great honor and continues a long-standing tradition started in 1904 by His Majesty King Edward VII.”

King Charles is following in his mother’s footsteps once again.

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