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The Duke of Cambridge wearing the insignia (aiguillette (braided ropes) over his right shoulder and chest) of a personal aide-de-camp to the sovereign

A personal aide-de-camp is a senior military officer who is appointed to act as the honorary military attendant to the monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms or any of his or her viceroys. The Sovereign will typically commission another member of the Royal Family to act as his or her personal aide-de-camp, though other non-royal officers will be assigned to the role, especially when the monarch is in one of the realms besides the United Kingdom. Those designated as aide-de-camp to a governor general, lieutenant governor, or governor use the letters ADC or in Canada A de C[1] after their names.

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InsigniaEdit

The emblem of the office is the use of the royal cypher of the monarch who appointed the officer on his shoulder straps and aiguillette on the right shoulder.[2]

Current ADCsEdit

Those in the Royal Family who currently hold the appointment are:

Rank Name Military branch
Years served
Appointed by King George VI
Admiral of the Fleet
Field Marshal
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh   Royal Navy
1939–1952
Appointed by Queen Elizabeth II
Field Marshal Prince Edward, Duke of Kent   British Army
1955–1976
Admiral of the Fleet
Field Marshal
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales   Royal Navy
1971–1977
  Royal Air Force
1971–1977
Captain (retired) Mark Phillips   British Army
1969–1978
Vice Admiral Prince Andrew, Duke of York   Royal Navy
1978–2001
Honorary Air Commodore Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence   Royal Navy
1973–2011
Squadron Leader
Major
Lieutenant Commander
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge[3]   British Army
2006–2009
  Royal Air Force
2009–2013
Major
Squadron Leader
Lieutenant Commander
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex[4]   British Army
2005–2015

There are other categories of aides-de-camp to the Queen; most are serving military, naval, and air officers, usually of colonel or brigadier rank or equivalent. There are also specific posts for very senior officers, such as First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp, Flag Aide-de-Camp, Aide-de-Camp General, and Air Aide-de-Camp each with its own specific entitlement to post-nominal letters.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Canada Gazette, February 9, 1974
  2. ^ Why Does Prince William Have a Gold Braid on His Uniform?, Harper's Bazaar
  3. ^ Duke of Cambridge becomes Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, March 17, 2013
  4. ^ Proctor, Charlie (15 October 2018). "The Queen makes Prince Harry a personal aide-de-camp – Royal Central". royalcentral.co.uk. Retrieved 15 October 2018.