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Grenadier Guards give three cheers as Queen replaces Prince Andrew as chief

Prince Andrew, 61, was succeeded by the Queen, 95, as colonel of the Grenadier Guards after the Duke of York was stripped of his honorary military roles. The regiment’s troops, who are stationed in Aldershot and London, were sent an email informing them of the move from the regiment’s ceremonial commander.

Lieutenant General Roly Walker, 51, wrote: “I am sure you will offer a personal ‘Three Cheers’ for the colonel, an appointment she first held in 1942, 80 years to the day on February 24 this year.”

He added: “Buckingham Palace have informed me that in due course the colonelcy, along with the duke’s other titles and affiliations, will be reallocated to another member of the Royal Family.”

However, Lieutenant General Walker also informed troops he would write to Andrew “to thank him for his time as colonel”.

The Duke of York took on the role back in 2017, after his late father Prince Philip retired from public life.

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However, Prince Andrew was stripped of his military titles on January 13 after an American judge ruled the Duke of York must face a civil trial over allegations he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre, 38, when she was 17.

Andrew vehemently denies the claims made against him.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

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