The handover has taken place, of the position of Governor of Edinburgh Castle, from the current incumbent, Maj Gen Mike Riddell-Webster, to the new Governor, Maj Gen Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, on 24th June 2019.
Maj Gen Bruce is a former Scots Guards officer and Falklands veteran who has also served in Northern Ireland. After leaving the Regular Army, he joined what was then the Territorial Army - now the Army Reserve - and has had a full career as a reserve officer, including service on Operation TELIC in Iraq, Commanding Officer of the Media Operations Group as a Lieutenant Colonel and as the Deputy Commander of 3rd (UK) Division, as a Brigadier.
Professionally, Maj Gen Bruce is the Royal, Religious and National Events Commentator for Sky News, most recently having provided the commentary for their coverage of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, as well as HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the funerals of The Princess of Wales and HM The Queen Mother. He also has acted as historical adviser on many film and television productions, including Downton Abbey, The King's Speech and Young Victoria. He Also provides Royal commentary and input to ABC News in the USA.
He is also a member of The Royal Company of Archers (The Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland) and is a Herald in the College of Arms.
The role of the Governor is a historic one, dating back to 1067 and has been carried out by such people as the Duke of Argyll and the Earl of Leven. In modern times, a senior military officer has been appointed in the role. It is a highly ceremonial role, with the Governor taking part in many State Ceremonial events, including Royal Gun Salutes and The Ceremony of The Keys.