King Charles has promoted his “good” aide to “super equerry,” making him the monarch’s right-hand man.
Lieutenant-Colonel Johnny Thompson, known for appearing alongside the royals in kilts, should “leave the army within 18 months”, ending his role as stable master, an insider said The sun.
But he will soon be tasked with managing Charles’ private affairs after being promoted from stable master to “super stable master.” Thompson, 40, received his promotion after reportedly charming the king Queen Camilla.
Thompson, who lives in Surrey, first won over fans after he was spotted at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, leading royal watchers to brand him a “good guy”. Since then he has made further appearances, including taking part in the king’s coronation.
The insider claims that with Thompson’s new promotion, people are “going to see a lot more of him,” adding that Charles pulled a “nice trick by choosing a social media sensation to be his right-hand man.”
King Charles has promoted Lt. Col. Johnny Thompson to “super stable master,” making him the monarch’s right-hand man. Thompson is pictured during the royal coronation in May
An insider claimed Lieutenant-Colonel Johnny Thompson (pictured in March this year) was due to “leave the army within 18 months”, ending his role as stable master. But soon after his promotion he is tasked with taking care of Charles’ private affairs
Once the Queen’s most senior bodyguard, he now serves His Majesty. He is pictured with the late Queen last year as she inspected the Balaclava Company, 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the gates of Balmoral as they took up their summer residence at the castle
Thompson, of the 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, is an Equerry – an officer of the royal household who assists members of the royal family.
Thompson’s role as equerry includes assisting the king with his daily duties, assisting him at public events and looking after the monarch’s carriages, carriages and Rolls-Royces used in state ceremonies.
Once the Queen’s most senior bodyguard, he now serves His Majesty and was seen proudly standing by King Charles’ side during the coronation.
He will now take on the role of “super stable master” and act as the king’s “right hand man”, sources told The Sun. MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace about the report.
It comes after Thompson made it earlier this year third place Tatlers Social Power Index, which details where the “real power lies” in the UK.
The father-of-one, known to friends as “Johnny” and on TikTok as “Major Eye Candy,” was on the prestigious list just behind King Charles and Queen Camila (at number one) and billionaire businessman Sanjay and his fashion designer wife Anu Hinduja (in second place).
The dashing stable master had established himself as one of the most influential names in the UK, the publication said at the time.
According to Tatler, Johnny has a “fabulous sense of humor” and the ability to look as good in a suit as he does in a kilt.
Thompson, 40, received his promotion after reportedly charming the King and Queen Camilla. He is pictured with Charles and Camilla
Thompson (pictured in March this year), of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, is an Equerry – an officer of the Royal Household who assists members of the Royal Family
Last June, he was also spotted behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the National Service of Thanksgiving Platinum Jubilee Ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral
They wrote: “From the palace walls the king’s equerry exercises his unique, quiet, enchanting power; But you see him where it matters, at the coronation or the opening night of the Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery in Fitzrovia, for example, where he wore a bunny tie and charmed India Rose James.”
During May’s coronation, viewers flocked to social media to discuss not only the monarch’s coronation, but also the very handsome man at his side.
“I have to admit there were times when I was a little distracted today,” someone tweeted.
“Major Jonathan Thompson is the reason we watch the coronation,” another added. “Also, look at his beauty and his thick calves.”
Other admirers couldn’t help but point out the army officer’s striking good looks, as another fan wrote: “Has anyone else seen the dashing guy in the kilt?”
The officer became the object of affection from royal watchers last year after he took center stage at historic royal events following the Queen’s death.
The camera watched him calmly and coolly remove a pen tray that was cluttering the king’s desk as Charles signed the proclamation naming him monarch.
He welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his trip to Britain in February
Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson greeted Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace in October last year ahead of his audience with King Charles, where he was invited to become Prime Minister
After the Queen’s death in September 2022, he accompanied then Prime Minister Liz Truss to a meeting with the King at Buckingham Palace
Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson welcomed then-Prime Minister Liz Truss to Buckingham Palace last autumn
He was also seen in the procession as the Queen’s coffin was escorted from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where it lay in state for four days.
He greeted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his trip to Britain in February and accompanied then-Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the king at Buckingham Palace in October 2022.
Last June, he was also spotted behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the National Service of Thanksgiving Platinum Jubilee Ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
People may also have dubbed him the next James Bond, and some even say he is 007 in real life.