Queen removes major role to save Prince Andrew from embarrassment | royal | News

Earlier this year, the Duke of York was stripped as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, following his legal dispute over sexual assault allegations with Virginia Giuffre. As Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Prince Andrew played a key ceremonial role during the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2018 and 2019, as he rode alongside the Queen, representing the regiment at of the parade.

The Queen was expected to appoint a new Colonel before the Trooping of the Color took place.

However, the Queen, who has also held the title herself in the past, will not appoint a new Royal Colonel, to spare the Duke embarrassment, The Times reported.

Instead, the Grenadier Guards will be represented by Major General Roland Walker.

Major Walker is a senior British Army officer, currently Deputy Chief of the Defense Staff.

He is an Afghanistan veteran and former regimental commander.

Prince Andrew’s legal battle with Ms Giuffre ended in a multi-million pound settlement at Feruary.

During negotiations, Andrew continued to deny the allegations against him.

The Color Parade, which will take place on June 2, is a parade of different regiments from the British and Commonwealth armies to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

However, a report claimed the Queen may not be able to take the salute at Horse Guards Parade for the first time in her reign.

The monarch, who is celebrating her platinum jubilee, continues to experience “episodic mobility issues” and her attendance at events depends on her day-to-day health.

The Grenadier Guards, which traditionally take part in the parade, are an infantry regiment in the British Army.

He can trace his line back to 1656 when Lord Wentworth’s regiment was created in Bruges to protect the exiled Charles II.

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