Past Colonels

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


Colonel of the Regiment

Date of Appointment


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

26th August


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

23rd November


Henry, Duke of Grafton KG

14th December


Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield

30th November


Henry, Duke of Grafton KG

31st December


Henry, Earl of Romney

16th March


Charles, Duke of Schomberg

27th December


Henry, Earl of Romney

27th November


John, Duke of Marlborough KG

25th April


James, Duke of Ormond KG

1st January


John, Duke of Marlborough KG

26th September


William, Earl of Cadogan KP

18th June


Sir Charles Wills KB

26th September


Field Marshal HRH William, Duke of Cumberland KG

18th February


Field Marshal John, Earl Ligonier KB

30th November


Field Marshal HRH William, Duke of Gloucester KG

30th April


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

5th September


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

22nd January


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

23rd September


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

15th December


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

1st May


HRH The Princess Elizabeth (Duchess of Edinburgh)

24th February


General The Lord Jeffreys KCB, KCVO, CMG, DL

8th April


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

19th December


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



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