Kate Middleton is being lined up for new role that could break royal history

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton is being lined up to take on a new role and if it goes ahead she will break royal history.

Kate Middleton is being lined up to take over from Prince Andrew (opens in new tab) as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards after he was stripped of his military titles (opens in new tab).

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be the first choice for the new role after reports the Grenadier Guards want Kate to hold the honorary role.

It comes after the Duke of York lost his honorary position after the Queen (opens in new tab) stripped him of his HRH title (opens in new tab), military and charitable affiliations and banished him from using social media (opens in new tab) as he continues his legal battle to fight a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in the US.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, is suing Andrew, 61, in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. She claims she was trafficked by his friend Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted paedophile, to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor under US law. Andrew has denied the allegations.

The role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards was returned to Her Majesty by default but it's understood that senior officials want the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, to take on the position.

A senior source in the Grenadier Guards told The Times, "From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate.

"We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved, she never seems to put a foot wrong."

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A military source told the publication the name of the new colonel was due to have been announced on Monday but it was delayed.

The source said it 'wasn't the Duchess of Cambridge', but claimed the fact that the announcement was not made means they 'have been thinking about it again'.

The Grenadier Guards were formed in 1656 by King Charles II, and since then they have fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army, including the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First, and Second World Wars.

The Grenadier Guards

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York makes an inspection during a parade by the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle on March 22, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Over the years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was a colonel before he retired from public life in 2017 and this honorary role was then passed on to Prince Andrew who clung on to this position after he first stepped back from official duties in 2019.

You can watch a documentary of the Grenadier Guards below...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL4WL4h_I1A

The Grenadier Guards are expected to be involved in the Queen's upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations.