‘Braw darling!’: Scottish army officer in kilt and new king’s squire
Boasting dashing good looks, he is the officer in the Scottish army who is squire to the new king and is seen as something of a ‘braw darling’ – ‘hunk’ in Scottish slang – by royal watchers.
Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland was once the Queen’s most senior bodyguard.
Known to friends as ‘Johnny’, he has in recent days found himself at the center of historic royal events as squire to King Charles III, having held the position when he was Prince of Wales.
On Friday, Major Thompson watched over Charles’ first public walk as monarch.
Later that day, the officer escorted Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace. He was seen standing behind the King as he signed proclamations at St James’s Palace yesterday.
Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, known to friends as ‘Johnny’, caught the eye of a number of royal watchers. Major Thompson (right) was pictured with Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss (left) on Thursday
Major Thompson always wears a thick tartan kilt and large fur sporran, which caused him to choke during Charles and Camilla’s royal tour of Canada in May.
The moment the Major – who is married – and the Prime Minister looked each other in the eye 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 will see it a lot 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 when she arrived at Balmoral earlier this summer, before her death
But another Twitter user sympathized 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 the.”
Earlier this year, he was present at the July Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral, seated behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Its positioning has been seized upon to speculate that it acted as Charles’ ‘eyes and ears’ to observe Harry and Meghan.