Royal Family LIVE: King in waiting! Major first as Queen hands William historic new role


PRINCE WILLIAM has carried out a historic role on behalf of the Queen for the very first time today. In his position as Colonel of the Irish Guards, the Duke of Cambridge presented new colours to the military unit to “rightly celebrate [their] many achievements” at Windsor Castle today on behalf of Her Majesty.



The Colours are considered symbolic as they constitute a regiment’s honour and represent its devotion to duty and traditionally the presentation involves a parade and an inspection by the Queen, or a Member of the Royal Family, who may also give a short speech.


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Presenting colours to military units has previously been carried out by the 96-year-old sovereign, or her sons Prince Charles and Prince Edward in the past.



In a speech at today’s presentation, William said: “I am speaking to those Guardsmen, and indeed every one of you assembled here today, when I say that I am immensely proud of what you have achieved.



“The indomitable family spirit of the Micks remains your hallmark and I know that the support and devotion of the Regimental family remains as strong as ever.”



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The Irish Guards will troop their colours at the Queen’s official birthday parade on June 2 which opens the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.



Prince Charles’ transition to King ‘unsurprising’ as Queen currently ‘delegating’ roles
Prince Charles’ transition to becoming King has been addressed by a royal historian, who told it is “no surprise that the Queen is delegating”.



Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who stopped travelling overseas in 2015, celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this summer, and ahead of a string of events to mark her 70-year reign, her son and heir Prince Charles has gradually taken on more of her roles.



While many have questioned to what extent Charles may fill in for the Queen in the near-future, Marlene Koenig, a royal historian, says it is no surprise that she is increasingly delegating her duties to the Prince of Wales.



Speaking to, she said: “He has been taking on more.“The fact that William was there too. That was his first time in Parliament.“But they were there as counsellors of state. It is not a surprise.



“You have a Sovereign who is 96 years old and an heir who is in his seventies — so, it is not surprising that she is delegating.”


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