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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).

Captain General Royal Marines
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Insignia of the Captain General Royal Marines
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Incumbent
The Duke of Sussex

since 2017
Ministry of Defence
AppointerMonarch
Inaugural holderKing George V
Formation1901

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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:

Colonel-in-ChiefEdit

Colonel-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1George VKing George V
(1865–1936)
1 January 190120 January 193635 years, 19 days[2]
2King Edward VIII
(1894–1972)
23 March 193611 December 1936263 days[3]
3George VIKing George VI
(1895–1952)
11 December 1936194821 years[4]

Captain-GeneralEdit

Captain-General Took office Left office Time in office Ref
3George VIKing George VI
(1895–1952)
19486 February 19524 years, 36 days[5]
4Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghThe Duke of Edinburgh
(born 1921)
1 June 1953[6]19 December 201764 years, 201 days[7]
5Prince Harry, Duke of SussexThe Duke of Sussex
(born 1984)
19 December 2017[8]In post1 year, 208 days[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. ^ Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent. "Prince Harry takes on Royal Marines role from Duke of Edinburgh". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2017.