Captain General Royal Marines

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Captain General Royal Marines
British Royal Marines OF-5.svg
Country United Kingdom
Service branch Corps of Royal Marines
AbbreviationCapt-Gen

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 Royal Marines Colonel or higher depending on the appointees current or previously held rank. 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.

History[edit]

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

Post holders[edit]

The post has been held by the following:

No. Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Title Term Ref.
Took office Left office Time in office
1 King George 1923 LCCN2014715558 (cropped).jpg 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 HRH The Prince of Wales No 4 (HS85-10-36416).jpg King Edward VIII
(1894-1972)
23 March 1936 (1936-03-23) 11 December 1936 (1936-12-11) 263 days [3]
3 King George VI LOC matpc.14736 (cleaned).jpg 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 Prince Phillip of Edinburgh.jpg 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 Prince Harry Trooping the Colour cropped.JPG The Duke of Sussex
(born 1984)
19 December 2017 (2017-12-19) Incumbent
(suspended duties on 31 March 2020)[8][9][10]
2 years, 299 days [11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Statement from Her Majesty The Queen". British Royal Family (Press release). 18 January 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Spring 2020 Transition". The official website of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Press release). Archived from the original on 30 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Harry and Meghan's royal duties ending 31 March". BBC News. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  11. ^ "No. 62148". The London Gazette. 27 December 2017. p. 23814.
  12. ^ "Prince Harry is appointed Captain General Royal Marines". British Royal Family (Press release). 19 December 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2020.