Past Colonels

The Regiment has had the following Colonels since it was formed in 1656:

Year

Colonel of the Regiment

Date of Appointment

1656

Thomas, Lord Wentworth , 5th Baron Wentworth (colonel of Lord Wentworth's Regiment)

26th August

1660

John Russell (colonel of John Russell's Regiment of Guards until united with Wentworth's Regiment in 1665)

23rd November

1681

Henry, Duke of Grafton KG

14th December

1688

Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield

30th November

1688

Henry, Duke of Grafton KG

31st December

1689

Henry, Earl of Romney

16th March

1691

Charles, Duke of Schomberg

27th December

1693

Henry, Earl of Romney

27th November

1704

John, Duke of Marlborough KG

25th April

1712

James, Duke of Ormond KG

1st January

1714

John, Duke of Marlborough KG

26th September

1722

William, Earl of Cadogan KP

18th June

1726

Sir Charles Wills KB

26th September

1742

Field Marshal HRH William, Duke of Cumberland KG

18th February

1757

Field Marshal John, Earl Ligonier KB

30th November

1770

Field Marshal HRH William, Duke of Gloucester KG

30th April

1805

Field Marshal HRH Frederick, Duke of York KG, GCB, GCH

5th September

1827

Field Marshal Arthur, Duke of Wellington KG, GCB, GCH

22nd January

1852

Field Marshal HRH Albert, Prince of Saxe Coburg and Gotha KG, KT,KP, GCMG

23rd September

1861

Field Marshal HRH George, Duke of Cambridge KG, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCH

15th December

1904

Field Marshal HRH Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn KG, KT,KP, PC, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, VD, TD

1st May

1942

HRH The Princess Elizabeth (Duchess of Edinburgh)

24th February

1952

General The Lord Jeffreys KCB, KCVO, CMG, DL

8th April

1960

Major General Sir Allan Adair Bt, GCVO, CBE, DSO, MC, DL, JP

19th December

1975

Field Marshal HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE

1st March

2017 HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC[P] 1st December

 

 

THE COLONEL
1 December 2017
Dear All,
See below for a message from the Lieutenant Colonel.
“It has been announced today that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness The Duke of York as Colonel, Grenadier Guards, in succession to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who retires with immediate effect.  
On behalf of the Regiment, I congratulated The Duke of York on his appointment. As some of you may know, He visited the 1st Battalion in Aldershot at the end of October when He was warmly welcomed by all ranks. It was a tremendously successful visit and we now look forward to Him getting to know the rest of the Regiment in short order. I look to all members of the Regiment to help and play their part in making Him feel welcome.
At the Regimental Council meeting on 7th November, anticipating an imminent change of Colonel, I took the opportunity to thank The Duke of Edinburgh for all that he has done for the Regiment in the 42 years he was Colonel, in particular his patronage of the Colonel’s Fund which has so successfully raised and distributed funds to those in need. His has been a strong legacy, and we have been the richer for his wise counsel and consistent support. As I reminded him though, whether serving or retired, “Once a Grenadier, always a Grenadier”.
The Queen has kindly agreed to our request to mark the change in Colonel with a small parade, even suggesting we hold it in Windsor early next year. Planning is underway, and the Regimental Adjutant will keep us all posted on our part in it.
With my best wishes
Roly”