Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex becomes Colonel-in-Chief of the REME

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has become the new Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), it is announced today.

The Countess received the Master General REME Lieutenant General Paul Jaques CB CBE and Colonel REME Colonel Jason Phillips ADC this morning to formally receive the honorary title, taking over a role that was formerly held by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. During the audience the Master General discussed the history, ethos and people of the Corps with The Countess.

The Prince Philip served as Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps from 1969, for over 50 years, and conducted many visits across the Corps, which combined His Royal Highness’s long-held support of the Armed Forces, and his love of engineering. The role was also held by Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent, from 1963 until 1968.

Formed in 1942, the Corps of REME is responsible for maintaining all the equipment the British Army operates. REME Soldiers and Officers serve as an integral element of virtually every major unit in the Army: Infantry, Artillery, Royal Signals, Army Air Corps, Royal Armoured Corps and others including the Special Forces. Repairing tanks, helicopters, vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and more; whatever the Army uses, the REME maintains it.

Last week, during a visit to the headquarters of 5th Battalion The Rifles, The Countess met REME soldiers currently attached to the Battalion, to hear about the work they do to support the unit’s activities.

The Countess of Wessex and the Military

In 2007, The Countess became Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles and is also Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Army Music (RCAM) and of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) and meets service personnel and their families whenever possible. 

In 2006 Her Royal Highness was appointed Sponsor of HMS Daring and, in 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering. The Countess also holds two military positions in Canada: Colonel in-Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse and Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Well and Regiment.