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What does equerry to the Queen or King do? Major Johnny Thompson wins internet

BY Sharmeen Hussain Sep 20, 2022. 01:30 pm UPDATED: Sep 20, 2022. 01:32 pm

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Thanks to TikTok, King Charles III’s new equerry has become an instant hit online. The man had previously worked as the chief bodyguard for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

While bringing Liz Truss, the new prime minister of the UK, to King Charles III for the first time, Major Johnny Thompson drew the attention of social media. Within four days, the 39-year-old officer’s TikTok video had more than 7.6 million views, with comments praising the equerry’s attractiveness.

@uktravel I saw “Major eye candy” #major #royalfamily #theking #fypage #trending ♬ som original – Gui

The equerry is one of the British Royal Family’s military officers, according to Metro UK. An equerry serves the governing monarch for a period of three years, helping and tending to him as he performs official duties.

Over the course of her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II had a number of equerries. The officer’s duties also include maintaining the monarch’s coaches, carriages, and vehicles used for official occasions. Metro UK also suggested that monarchs pick their equerry themselves.

Who is Major Johnny Thompson, King Charles III’s equerry

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Major Johnny Thompson, 39, is a native of Morpeth, Northumberland, and he is currently serving with His Majesty’s Forces as the platoon commander.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Major Thompson earned a degree in politics and economics from Aberystwyth University in 2004 before enlisting in the military in 2006. During his time at the university, he participated in the undergraduate officer training corps.

According to reports, Major Thompson has been employed by King Charles since 2020, and part of his responsibilities include “planning and execution” of the King’s daily activities.

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In his personal life, Major Thompson has been wed to Caroline, a marketing manager, for 12 years. Caroline attended Windsor Girls School and later earned a degree in Design Communication from Strodes College. She also started the nonprofit website Horses4Health.

In addition to their four-year-old kid, Piper and Odin are two black labradors owned by Johnny and Caroline. Currently, the family resides in Surrey.

The equerry has been sighted at a number of royal gatherings since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. When the Queen passed away, he was first spotted with King Charles III in a public setting. When the King hurriedly requested that they be cleared from the desk before signing the proclamation, Major Thompson was also spotted taking items from it.

On September 14, while the late Queen’s casket was being moved to Westminster Hall for a four-day lie in state prior to the funeral, Johnny was seen walking in the rear of the procession. He was observed in a kilt strolling behind Prince William and Prince Harry, the sons of King Charles III and the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth.

On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II passed away in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle. With a 70-year reign, she was the monarch who ruled Britain the longest. Her eldest son, Charles III, whom she shared with her late husband, Prince Phillip, automatically succeeded to the kingdom after her passing.

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