Colonels of The Regiment
British Army regiments typically have an honorary "colonel", often a member of the Royal Family or a prominent retired military officer with connections to the regiment, who functions as a kind of patron or guardian of the regiment's interests in high government circles. HM The Queen is colonel-in-chief of all Guards regiments.
The Irish Guards colonels have been:
- FM The Rt Hon The Earl Roberts – appointed 17 October 1900.
- FM The Rt Hon The Earl Kitchener – appointed 15 November 1914.
- FM The Rt Hon The Earl of Ypres – appointed 6 June 1916.
- FM The Rt Hon The Earl of Cavan – appointed 23 May 1925.
- FM The Rt Hon The Earl Alexander of Tunis – appointed 28 August 1946.
- Gen Sir Basil Eugster – appointed 17 June 1969.
- Gen HRH Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg – appointed 21 August 1984.
- 2Lt His Grace The Duke of Abercorn – appointed 1 November 2000.
- Maj Gen Sir Sebastian Roberts – appointed 17 March 2008.
- Capt HRH The Duke of Cambridge – appointed 10 February 2011.
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