Captain General Royal Marines

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General Royal Marines

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).


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 holders were as follows:
Colonel in Chief


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Captain General". Royal Marines Museum. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 27263". The London Gazette. 4 January 1901. p. 83. 
  3. ^ "Assumption of Title of Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Marines, by H.M. King George VI". National Archives. 1936. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Ceremony of Beating the Retreat" (PDF). Royal Navy. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 May 1953. p. 2939. 
  6. ^ "RM Online (archived version, defunct site)". Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2013.