Duke of Kent to step down as Colonel of Scots Guards

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The Duke of Kent will step down as Colonel of the Scots Guards after 50 years.

He will hand the role over to the Duke of Edinburgh.

In a statement, the Duke of Kent said, “Serving as Colonel of the Scots Guards since 1974, the longest anyone has spent in this role, has been a true honour and one which will forever fill me with great joy.

“Through those years, I have seen the work of the Scots Guards during peacetime and war and witnessed their bravery, selfless courage and devotion to duty.

“To my fellow Scots Guardsmen, I am immensely proud to have served you all. I am delighted that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will continue to champion all that you do and work towards preserving your great legacy.”

Today, he will join a Service of Remembrance at the Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks before taking the salute for the final time.

The Duke of Edinburgh said, “the Duke of Kent has been an extraordinary Colonel of the Scots Guards. Quite apart from his depth of knowledge and keen understanding of the Regiment and all those who serve, past and present, he has been a tireless and passionate advocate.

“It is a distinct honour to be asked and entrusted by His Majesty to serve as the next Colonel. However, I accept with a degree of trepidation as I will undoubtedly be measured against the formidable record and reputation of my predecessor. I can only promise to do my best.”

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