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The Captain General Royal Marines is the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines. The uniform and insignia worn by the Captain General are those of a field marshal. This position is distinct from that of the Commandant General Royal Marines, the professional head (who is ranked as a major-general). The Captain General is appointed by the Monarch of the United Kingdom.

Captain General Royal Marines
British Royal Marines OF-10.svg
The insignia of the Captain General Royal Marines as worn on epaulettes
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HRH The Duke of Sussex, incumbent since 2017
Country United Kingdom
Service branch Corps of Royal Marines
AbbreviationCapt-Gen
RankFive-star rank
NATO rankOF-10
Non-NATO rankO-11
Formation1 January 1901 (1901-01-01)
Next lower rankGeneral
Equivalent ranks

HistoryEdit

The ceremonial head of the Royal Marines was the Colonel in Chief until the title changed to Captain General in 1948.[1]

Post holdersEdit

The post has been held by the following:

Ordinal Officeholder Title Took office Left office Time in office Notes
1 King George V
(1865-1936)
  Colonel-in-Chief 1 January 1901 (1901-01-01) 20 January 1936 (1936-01-20) 35 years, 19 days [2]
2 King Edward VIII
(1894-1972)
  23 March 1936 (1936-03-23) 11 December 1936 (1936-12-11) 263 days [3]
3 King George VI
(1895-1952)
  11 December 1936 (1936-12-11) 8 October 1948 (1948-10-08) 15 years, 57 days [4]
Captain-General 8 October 1948 (1948-10-08) 6 February 1952 (1952-02-06) [5]
4 The Duke of Edinburgh
(born 1921)
  1 June 1953 (1953-06-01) 19 December 2017 (2017-12-19) 64 years, 201 days [6][7]
5 The Duke of Sussex
(born 1984)
  19 December 2017 (2017-12-19) incumbent 1 year, 283 days [8][9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Captain General". Royal Marines Museum. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 27263". The London Gazette. 4 January 1901. p. 83.
  3. ^ "No. 34268". The London Gazette. 27 March 1936. p. 1975.
  4. ^ "No. 34351". The London Gazette. 18 December 1936. p. 8187.
  5. ^ "The Ceremony of Beating the Retreat" (PDF). Royal Navy. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 May 1953. p. 2939.
  7. ^ "RM Online (archived version, defunct site)". Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  8. ^ "No. 62148". The London Gazette. 27 December 2017. p. 23814.
  9. ^ Farmer, Ben. "Prince Harry takes on Royal Marines role from Duke of Edinburgh". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2017.