Prince Harry Is Set To Replace His Grandfather As Head Of The Royal Marines

Prince Harry is set to replace his grandfather Prince Philip as the head of the Royal Marines.

It comes after the 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh announced he would be stepping down from public duties by this autumn.

He has been the ceremonial head of the elite unit since 1953 but is set to be replaced by the 32-year-old prince.

It is understood Harry has been approved by Major General Rob Magowan, who is Commandant General of the Corps, but The Queen will make the final decision.
Prince Harry, pictured serving as an Apache Helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, is set to replace his grandfather as the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines

Prince Harry, pictured serving as an Apache Helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, is set to replace his grandfather as the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines.
Prince Philip, pictured centre at the Beating Retreat event at Horseguards Parade, has been head of the Royal Marines since 1953

A senior Royal Marine officer told the Daily Mirror Prince Philip would be a ‘hard act to follow.’

The source said: ‘The invite if acceptable is for Prince Harry to step into uniform and support his grandfather and eventually take over as Captain General.’

The position of Captain General has great prestige among the Royal Marines, with a senior officer given the task of liaising with the royal on events and presenting regular reports on the state of the unit.

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