Buckingham Palace has annouced the King has become Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Engineers (known as the Sappers). The title is a touching tribute to his mother the late Queen, who previously held the title. The news of the King’s new role comes as Prince Harry unexpectedly appeared at the High Court as legal proceedings began over alleged phone-tapping and privacy breaches.
Speaking abou the King’s new title, Chief Royal Engineer Lieutenant General Sir Tyrone Urch said he is “absolutely delighted”.
He said: “This is a great honour and continues a long-standing tradition started in 1904 by His Majesty King Edward VII.
Alongside a picture of the King with Sir Tyrone, the official Royal Family Twitter account shared the news.
The account wrote: “His Majesty The King has become Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Engineers – a role previously held by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Commonly known as the Sappers, the Corps was founded in 1716 and gained the ‘Royal’ prefix in 1787.”
Describing it as “wonderful news”, Sir Tyrone added the news will “inspire” the “entire Sapper family worldwide”.
Harry has paid a visit to the UK, his first time this year, to stand up as part of a group of high-profile claimants in court.
The individuals are accusing the publishers of the Daily Mail, Association Newspapers, of gathering unlawful information, as the misuse of such information.
Alongside Harry, Sir Elton John and Jodie Frost are two of the other high-profile claimants.
In court on Monday, Harry was sat just a few seats away from journalists attending the hearing.
Preparing to take on one of the UK’s most powerful media companies, Harry “nodded at points”.
He was also spotted making notes in a black leather notepad.
Harry and Meghan have been invited to the King’s Coronation, which will take place in London on May 6.
Despite an olive branch being extended, the couple are yet to confirm whether they will be at the historic event.
The couple’s two children, with their son Archie due to turn four on the day of the Coronation, have reportedly not been invited.
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