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By Members of The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)
London, United Kingdom — For over 60 years, the Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) have gone without a Colonel-in-chief until 2014 when Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal stepped up.
King George VI had served in that capacity until his passing in 1952. With the subsequent amalgamation of the 6th Duke of Connaught Royal Canadian Hussars and the 17th Duke of York into the current regiment, the prospect of a replacement simply dropped below the radar.
In 2014, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal accepted the post, to the unit’s delight. Her first remarks to the commanding officer at that time were, “Sixty years was far too long to go without a colonel-in-chief.”
The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) was privileged to first meet The Princess Royal in November 2014 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. She also visited the Regimental home station in Montreal in February 2015, taking a good deal of time in speak with the soldiers.
However, Lieutenant-Colonel Shaun Funk, Commanding Officer, believed that it would serve to build on this unique relationship by requesting an audience with the Colonel-in-Chief in London, at St James’s Palace, to further the lines of communication.
St. James’s Palace contains the London residences of The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra. The palace also hosts many official events.
LCol Funk organized an…