The Countess of Wessex, the new Colonel-in-Chief of the REME, receives members of the corps (Picture: Buckingham Palace).
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REME honour for Countess of Wessex

The Royal takes over the role of the corps' Colonel-in-Chief, a title held for more than 50 years by Prince Philip.

The Countess of Wessex, the new Colonel-in-Chief of the REME, receives members of the corps (Picture: Buckingham Palace).

The Countess of Wessex has been announced as the new Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

The Countess received the honorary title from the Master General and Colonel of the REME – taking over a role that was previously held for more than 50 years by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip served as the Colonel-in-Chief of the corps from 1969, combining his support of the Armed Forces with his love of engineering.

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Last week, the Countess met REME soldiers during a visit to the headquarters of 5th Battalion The Rifles.

It is not the Countess's only military role, she is also the Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Army Music and Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.

In 2006, the Countess was appointed as Sponsor of HMS Daring and, in 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering.

Alongside her roles in the UK, the Countess holds two military positions in Canada – Colonel in-Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse and Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Well and Regiment.

Formed in 1942, REME is responsible for maintaining all equipment the British Army operates, with REME troops integral to virtually every major unit in the Army.

Whether it is repairing tanks, helicopters, vehicles or weapons and communications equipment, whatever the Army uses, the REME maintains it.