New Army role for King following in late Queen’s footsteps

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The King has taken on a new ceremonial role with the British Army’s military engineers, following in the footsteps of his mother, the late Queen.

Buckingham Palace announced that Charles has become Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Knowns as the Sappers, the Engineers are multi-skilled soldiers and combat engineers who provide global military engineering and technical support to the armed forces and their allies.

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The King receives Chief Royal Engineer Lieutenant General Sir Tyrone Richard Urch during an audience at Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)

Lt Gen Sir Tyrone said: “I am absolutely delighted that His Majesty The King has agreed to be our new Colonel-in-Chief.

“This is a great honour and continues a long-standing tradition started in 1904 by His Majesty King Edward VII.

“This wonderful news will inspire the entire Sapper family worldwide”.

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The Queen, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, visits the 42 survey Engineer Group at Denison Barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, in 1998 (Tim Ockenden/PA)

As sovereign, the King is head of the armed forces.

The Corps was founded in 1716 and gained the prefix Royal in 1787.

Elizabeth II took on the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers following her accession to the throne in 1952 and held the role for 70 years until her death last September.

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