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King Charles promotes 'hunky' Scots equerry Major Johnny to become right-hand man

King Charles has promoted his hunky equerry known as Major Johnny to become his right-hand man.

Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Thompson has bagged a promotion after impressing Charles and Queen Camilla and will now be accompanying the Monarch more often. The Mirror reports that Lieutenant Colonel Thompson - also known to fans as Major Johnny - has been elevated to the position of "super equerry".

The lieutenant colonel, also previously worked with the late Queen Elizabeth, and is from the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and is often seen wearing a traditional kilt. Equerries are drawn from the armed forces and are required to assist the royals both inside their residences and when out and about on public engagements.

An insider told The Sun: "He is due to leave the Army within 18 months and with that his role as equerry. But by (Charles) taking him on in a super equerry role, people will be seeing a lot more of him. The King's pulling a decent trick by picking a social media sensation to be his right-hand man."

Lieutenant Colonel Thompson, who is a married dad of one, has impressed fans with his prominent roles at the Queen's funeral and King Charles Coronation.

Liz Truss's daughters Liberty and Frances are greeted by King Charles III's equerry Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Thompson

He was also seen sitting behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a service to mark the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee last year and also has welcomed former Prime Minster and current PM Rishi Sunak as they visited Buckingham Palace to see the King.

He also earned the attention of society bible Tatler magazine, which praised his ability to "look as good in a suit as he goes in a kilt."

It explained: "It is from within the palace walls that the King’s equerry wields his unique brand of quiet, charming power; but he’s spotted where it counts, at the coronation, or on the opening night of the Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery in Fitzrovia, for example, to which he wore a bunny tie and charmed India Rose James."

It is likely that Lieutenant Colonel Thompson will be with Charles and Camilla next week when they undertake a state visit to Kenya. Their tour, which begins next Monday, follows an invitation from Kenyan President William Ruto whose country is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain.

During the King’s five-day state visit to the East African nation, his first as monarch to a Commonwealth country, Charles will acknowledge the "painful aspects" of the UK and Kenya’s shared history.

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