Sophie, Countess of Wessex ‘extremely honoured’ to receive one of Prince Philip’s military titles

The Countess of Wessex has been given one of the former military roles of the Duke of Edinburgh by the Queen a day after his Thanksgiving service.

The Countess has been appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (Reme) in a show of support from Her Majesty.

Appointed by the Queen, who is the head of the armed forces, the Countess would be extremely honored to follow in her father-in-law’s footsteps.

The Duke held the honorary title for more than 50 years and became Commander-in-Chief of the Corps in 1969.

The decision was announced the day after the royal family – apart from the Duke of Sussex – gathered to celebrate the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Countess was among those who gathered with the Queen in memory of Prince Philip in the service of thanksgiving for his life 11 months after his Covid-limited funeral on Tuesday.

Founded in 1942, the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers is responsible for the maintenance of all equipment that serves the military, from tanks and helicopters to weapons and communications equipment.

The royal family said on Twitter that the corps combined “the Duke’s continued support of the armed forces and a keen interest in engineering”.

On Wednesday, the Countess held an audience with Major Generals Lieutenant Generals Paul Jacques and Colonel Jason Phillips to formally accept the title.

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