King Charles has promoted his dashing, kilt-wearing aide, Lt. Col. Johnny Thompson, better known on social media as Major Eye Candy, to the role of “super equerry,” meaning he will become the monarch’s “right-hand man.”
The good news for his legions of fans is that the promotion means he and his prominent chin, which earned him the nickname “Hot Equerry,” will now be seen more often alongside the King and Queen.
The Sun said that 40-year-old Thompson has been offered the new role in which he will be tasked with helping run Charles’ official business as his current military service was coming to an end and Charles and Camilla wanted to find a way to keep him on.
The Sun quoted a source as saying: “He will be leaving the army within 18 months and with it his role as stablemaster.” But by (Charles) taking on him in a super-equerry role, people will be seeing a lot more of him. “
Thompson first caught the Internet’s admiring attention at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral (he was previously one of her ceremonial bodyguards) and again at the king’s coronation.
Earlier this year, Major Eye Candy was ranked third on Society magazine’s Social Power Index list Tatlerwhich said: “From the palace walls, the king’s equerry wields his unique, quiet, enchanting power.”
Thompson was credited with saving the day when, on his own initiative, he removed a pen tray that was in the king’s way as he signed the proclamation naming him king.
“The king is pulling a good trick by choosing a social media sensation to be his right-hand man,” said an insider told The Sun.