Fans of Major Johnny Thompson, King Charles’ handsome “Hot Equerry”, have some bad news.
Major Thompson, who became famous for accompanying the King at his public events in his smart uniform and Scottish kilt, will no longer be playing this role.
Major Johnny Thompson’s new job
The Sun reports that Major Thompson has been promoted to a more administrative role, organising the King’s schedule, coordinating his official engagements and liaising between the various offices of the Royal Household.
This means he will be seen less in public and his female admirers will have fewer opportunities to admire his poise and smile.
Major Thompson’s change of duties comes at a time when King Charles III has had to reduce his public activities for health reasons.
The monarch recently underwent prostate surgery and has been diagnosed with cancer. Major Thompson will therefore no longer be needed as the King’s squire, but as an adviser and planner.
According to Buckingham Palace sources, Major Thompson, who is in his 40s, will have a more executive but less visible role.
The post of the King’s equerry will be held by a woman for the first time.
She is Captain Kat Anderson, a 33-year-old Royal Artillery officer who previously worked for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Captain Anderson will be responsible for escorting the King on his public engagements when they resume.
Major Thompson joined the Army in 2006, two years after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Economics and Politics with International Studies.
He currently lives in Surrey with his wife Caroline. They have a six-year-old son and two black Labradors called Odin and Piper.