HRH Prince William was wearing the gold braided cord for the first time today signifying his most recent appointment as Personal Aide-de-camp to Her Majesty the Queen. The new honor was announced very simply in today’s court circular saying: “The Queen has been pleased to appoint The Duke of Cambridge as a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty with effect from 17th March, 2013.” The role is one personally bestowed by the Queen; those members of her family who receive it are those who also hold military rank. The Prince joins Field Marshal HRH The Duke of Kent, Admiral of the Fleet HRH The Prince of Wales, Rear Admiral HRH The Duke of York, Second Lieutenant HRH The Earl of Wessex, and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. The honor is meant to signify someone that serves the Queen personally in the carrying out of her duties.
Today’s new title is added to the growing official title of HRH The Duke of Cambridge. His title now in full is His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty. The Prince is also now able to use the designation “ADC” after his name.