The Gordons


HRH Henry, Duke of Gloucester


There had been no Colonel-in-Chief of the Gordon Highlanders since 1910 when King Edward VII died. There is a painting of his grandson, Prince Edward, the future King Edward VIII, at the age of around 7, wearing the full dress of the Gordon Highlanders, but although he was Colonel-in-Chief of many regiments, including the Seaforth Highlanders, he was not C-in-C of the Gordons.

Henry Duke of Gloucester was a cavalry officer and spent his military career in the 10th Hussars. On the 12th March 1937, 2 months before the coronation of his brother, George VI he was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of 4 regiments, 10th Hussars, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Gordon Highlanders and the Natal Mounted Rifles, and Colonel of the Scots Guards. He had been C-in-C of the Gloucester Regiment since May 1935 and became C-in-C of the Rifle Brigade in Feb 1942. He was also Honorary Colonel of the Cambridge University OTC. The painting shows him in the uniform of the 10th Hussars.


Regimental details | Colonels in Chief




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by Stephen Luscombe