The kilt-clad Scottish Army officer hearts aflutter

‘Braw darling!’: The kilt-clad Scottish Army officer and equerry for the new King who is setting hearts aflutter

  • Major Jonathan Thompson has been catching the eye of Royal watchers
  • He was once the Queen’s most senior bodyguard and now equerry for the King 
  • Some thought Major Thompson as something of a ‘hunk’ in Scottish slang 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

Blessed with dashing good looks, he is the Scottish Army officer who is equerry for the new King and is thought of as something of a ‘braw darling’ – ‘hunk’ in Scottish slang – by Royal watchers.

Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland was once the Queen’s most senior bodyguard.

Known to friends as ‘Johnny’, in recent days he has found himself front-and-centre of historic Royal events as the equerry of King Charles III, having served in the role when he was Prince of Wales.

On Friday, Major Thompson watched over Charles’s first public walkabout as Monarch.

Later that day the officer escorted Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace. Yesterday, he was seen standing behind the King as he signed the proclamations at St James’s Palace.

Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, known to friends as ‘Johnny’, has caught the eye of a number of Royal watchers. Major Thompson (right) was pictured on Thursday with Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss (left)

Major Thompson always wears a thick tartan kilt and large fur sporran, which had him sweltering during Charles and Camilla’s Royal tour of Canada in May.

The moment the Major – who is married – and Prime Minister looked into each other’s eyes yesterday caused some amusement among observers of the historic occasion.

A body language expert joked: ‘This is how most Mexican telenovelas [soap operas] begin.’

One Twitter user posted: ‘PM Truss is the envy of the world. A weekly meeting with Johnny – I mean, King Charles?’ Another tweeted: ‘We’ll be seeing a lot of him now. As my dear husband said, “Oh look here’s your Major” (in my dreams).’

Major Thompson (pictured right) had previously accompanied Queen Elizabeth II upon her arrival at Balmoral earlier this summer, prior to her death

But another Twitter user empathised with Major Thompson, who was known to be close to the Queen, saying: ‘I think he looks very sad, he’s really devoted to the Royal Family, bless him.’

Earlier this year he was present at July’s Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral, sitting behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

His positioning was seized upon for speculation that he was acting as Charles’s ‘eyes and ears’ to observe Harry and Meghan.

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