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King Charles III’s hunky kilt-clad equerry joins procession for the Queen 

‘Our Favorite Horsemen’s Back’: King Charles III’s kilt-clad Scottish army officer who leaves royal fans swooning wherever he goes joins the procession before the Queen

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King Charles III’s new equerry – the ‘braw darling’ or ‘hunky’ Scottish army officer who leaves royal fans swooning when he appears in public – accompanied the Queen as she left Buckingham Palace for the last time and was laid in state at the Palace from Westminster.

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

Known to friends as ‘Johnny’, he has been at the center of historic royal events in recent days as King Charles III’s equerry, who filled the role when he was Prince of Wales.

Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, pictured to the left of the frame behind the Queen's coffin, accompanied the procession

Major Jonathan Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, pictured to the left of the frame behind the Queen’s coffin, accompanied the procession

Major Thompson (right) pictured Friday with Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss (left)

Major Thompson (right) pictured Friday with Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss (left)

Major Thompson (right) pictured Friday with Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss (left)

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

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

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

Major Thompson (pictured left) smiled as he walked through the gates of Balmoral Castle with the Queen earlier this year, before the monarch's death

Major Thompson (pictured left) smiled as he walked through the gates of Balmoral Castle with the Queen earlier this year, before the monarch's death

Major Thompson (pictured left) smiled as he walked through the gates of Balmoral Castle with the Queen earlier this year, before the monarch’s death

On Friday, Major Thompson watched over Charles’ first public walk as a Monarch. Later that day, the officer accompanied Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace. And the next day he was seen standing behind the king as he signed the proclamations at St. James’s Palace.

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

The moment when the Major – who is married – and the Prime Minister looked into each other’s eyes yesterday, it provided some amusement to the spectators of the historic event.

Major Thompson met Prime Minister Liz Truss outside Buckingham Palace last Friday for her first audience with the new king

Major Thompson met Prime Minister Liz Truss outside Buckingham Palace last Friday for her first audience with the new king

Major Thompson met Prime Minister Liz Truss outside Buckingham Palace last Friday for her first audience with the new king

In May 2021, Major Thompson accompanied Princes Charles and Camilla, as she was then known, on their royal visit to Greece.  This photo was taken on the Bicentenary of Independence Day in Syntagma Square, Athens

In May 2021, Major Thompson accompanied Princes Charles and Camilla, as she was then known, on their royal visit to Greece.  This photo was taken on the Bicentenary of Independence Day in Syntagma Square, Athens

In May 2021, Major Thompson accompanied Princes Charles and Camilla, as she was then known, on their royal visit to Greece. This photo was taken on the Bicentenary of Independence Day in Syntagma Square, Athens

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

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 him a lot now. As my dear husband said: “Oh look, here is your major” (in my dreams).’

Major Johnny Thompson was spotted chasing Prince Harry and Megan as they attended the National Service of Thanksgiving earlier this year to celebrate the late Queen's platinum anniversary in June.

Major Johnny Thompson was spotted chasing Prince Harry and Megan as they attended the National Service of Thanksgiving earlier this year to celebrate the late Queen's platinum anniversary in June.

Major Johnny Thompson was spotted chasing Prince Harry and Megan as they attended the National Service of Thanksgiving earlier this year to celebrate the late Queen’s platinum anniversary in June.

Major Jonathan Thompson (pictured right) of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland was once the Queen's highest-ranking bodyguard

Major Jonathan Thompson (pictured right) of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland was once the Queen's highest-ranking bodyguard

Major Jonathan Thompson (pictured right) of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland was once the Queen’s highest-ranking bodyguard

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 is really devoted to the royal family, bless him.”

Earlier this year, he attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, sitting behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

His positioning has been fueled by speculation that he was acting as Charles’ “eyes and ears” to observe Harry and Meghan.