HC Deb 06 March 1884 vol 285 c662

asked the Secretary of State for "War, If retired Subaltern Officers are eligible for appointment to Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; and, if so, whether the Government would consider the advisability of limiting the election to retired Field Officers, of whom there are at present about forty on the Captain's private list, and many more on the Commander in Chief's list of candidates, all of whom have seen service, and many of them distinguished service, in the field, and whose claims to serve near Her Majesty's person would seem to be superior to those of Subaltern Officers?


Under the Regulations approved by Her Majesty in 1862 for appointments to the Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, the private gentlemen of the Corps must be, or have been, Captains or Subalterns in the British Army, Indian Forces, or Royal Marines. The Corps of Gentlemen at Arms forms part of the Royal Household, over which the Secretary of State for War has no jurisdiction.