This week, Elizabeth II incorporated a new person in her sight: Tom White! A war hero who served in Afghanistan, the 33-year-old is the Queen’s new squire. Chosen by the monarch, he had passed several interviews before landing the post. This appointment makes him the first commando to occupy the position of squire, which consists of being the right arm of Elizabeth II. Married and a father, Major White joined the Royal Marines in 2007 and has extensive experience with the elite commando force. He previously served as Military Assistant to Major General Matt Holmes, Commanding General of the Royal Marines and also completed an assignment in Navy Command in Portsmouth!
Eleven years ago, Tom Jones helped avert a tragedy in Helmand as a member of the 42nd Commando, after the Taliban rigged an explosive trap at a school. When he was only 22 years old, he said then: “It makes your stomach turn to think about what could have happened if we had not found the bombs. These people knew they could have done. blow up a lot of kids and they didn’t care. ” In her new role, Major White is expected to be alongside Elizabeth II throughout her official engagements and some private engagements, including Christmas. He will thus succeed Lieutenant-Colonel Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. Last month, the Queen’s decision to appoint a Royal Marines officer as squire was hailed as a “moment of pride” and “deeply meaningful” by the Royal Marines.
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Some military sources have also claimed that choosing Major White is a symbolic demonstration of support for the Royal Marines after the “great disappointment” of Prince Harry who gave up his post as Captain General of the Marines last March: “Tom is a superstar, and this is a deeply meaningful appointment from Her Majesty. We were delighted when Harry was appointed Captain General. His departure was a huge disappointment. The Royal Marines feel like they have gone from pillar to post, but it’s a moment of pride. ” The squire post is tiered, meaning that Major White can be promoted to lieutenant-colonel while on duty. Prince Harry had quit his military posts after stepping down from royal duties last March to settle in California. Princess Anne would therefore be the next in line to assume the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines.
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