Colonel in Chief
Royal Colonel-in-Chief The appointment of the Colonels-in-Chief of regiments in the British and Commonwealth armies, maintains a direct link between the regiment and the Royal Family.
They do not have an operational role but take a keen interest in the well-being and affairs of the regiment and its soldiers.
They pay regular visits and preside over important regimental events, such as the presentation of new Colours.
The Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment in British and Commonwealth armies is usually a member of the Royal family.
In 2006, the six Scottish regiments were amalgamated into The Royal Regiment of Scotland (which includes Balaklava Company) and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II became the Colonel-in-Chief of the new regiment.