Captain General Royal Marines

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Captain General Royal Marines
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Insignia of the Captain General Royal Marines
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HRH The Duke of Sussex

since 2017
Ministry of Defence
Inaugural holderKing George V

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 has been held by the following:


Colonel-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office Ref
King George V
George VKing George V
1 January 190120 January 193635 years, 19 days[2]
King George VI
George VIKing George VI
23 March 1936[3]194811 years, 281 days[4]


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. ^ "No. 34268". The London Gazette. 27 March 1936. p. 1975.
  4. ^ "Assumption of Title of Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Marines, by H.M. King George VI". National Archives. 1936. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  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. ^ Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent. "Prince Harry takes on Royal Marines role from Duke of Edinburgh". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  9. ^ "No. 62148". The London Gazette. 27 December 2017. p. 23814.