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Commodore-in-Chief is an honorary Royal Navy appointment bestowed by the Queen on various members of the Royal Family on 8 August 2006.

Previously there have been honorary Royal Colonels in the British Army and honorary Air Commodores and Air Commodores-in-Chief in the Royal Air Force, but no parallel affiliations with the Royal Navy.

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, First Sea Lord, said on news of the appointments:

"I am delighted at the news of these appointments. They firmly underline the strength of the bond between the Royal Family and the Armed Forces, not least the Naval Service in which so many members of the Royal family have served with great distinction over the years."[1]

Commodore-in-Chief is an appointment rather than a rank. Holding an appointment of Commodore-in-Chief does not confer upon the holder the rank of Commodore or indeed any other rank. Members of the Royal Family wear the uniform of their rank and are not issued with a different uniform for the appointment.


Holder Naval rank (if any) Appointment[2] Dates
HRH The Prince of Wales Hon. Admiral of the Fleet Commodore-in-Chief, Plymouth 2006
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall - Commodore-in-Chief, Naval Medical Services 2006
HRH The Duke of Cambridge Lieutenant Commodore-in-Chief, Scotland
Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines
HRH Prince Harry Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving 2006
HRH The Duke of York Hon. Rear-Admiral Commodore-in-Chief, Fleet Air Arm 2006
HRH The Earl of Wessex - Commodore-in-Chief, Royal Fleet Auxiliary 2006
HRH The Princess Royal Hon. Vice-Admiral Commodore-in-Chief, Portsmouth 2006
HRH Prince Michael of Kent Hon. Rear-Admiral (MR) Commodore-in-Chief, Maritime Reserves 2006

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