Kate Middleton set to take prestigious military role off Prince Andrew

Kate Middleton is set to make history as she will take a major military role from Prince Andrew in the latest blow to the disgraced royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been tipped to be the next Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, making her the first female colonel of the regiment in 80 years.

The Queen was the last female to hold the title back in 1942 – making her the last female to hold the title.

A senior royal source confirmed that the move is being "seriously considered".

This comes after Prince Andrew was stripped of all his military titles in January this year.

The Palace said in a statement in January: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

The Duke of York had served as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 2017, taking over the role from the Duke of Edinburgh.

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A royal source told Reuters Andrew would no longer use the title "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity and his other roles would be distributed among other members of the Royal family.

The source said they would not return to Andrew.

The announcement came before the Duke settled in the civil sex case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

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The Duke of York strongly denies her claim that she was forced to have sex with him when she was 17, during the course of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

It was estimated that the sum of the settlement was around £12million but the HM Treasury confirmed that no public money was used to pay that off in response to a Freedom of Information request.

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