Kate Middleton tipped to replace Prince Andrew for key royal honour

Kate, 40, could make history by becoming the first female colonel of the regiment since 1942, when the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, held the role

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been backed to take over as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, replacing Prince Andrew, who lost his military titles in January.

Kate, 40, could make history by becoming the first female colonel of the regiment since 1942, when the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, held the role.

The position includes duties such as being present at medal ceremonies, regimental gatherings, and events in the face of the Queen.

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The revelation comes as the Duchess has been tipped to stand in for the Queen at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Parade Sandhurst.

Kate has previously attended military parades with Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and she often accompanies him to medal ceremonies.

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A senior source told the Daily Mail that giving Kate the role of standing in for the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is being "seriously considered".

The position at Sandhurst would suggest Kate is on the verge of undertaking a military role, especially as the Queen is involved in selecting colonels.

When the Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life in 2017, the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards position was inherited by Prince Andrew.

Andrew lost the honorary role when he was stripped of his titles amid a sexual assault lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, that was brought forward in the US.

The Queen, 96, then took the role by default.

The Grenadier Guards were founded by King Charles II 366 years ago and have fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army since.