Relationship between the Active Unit and The Company

The Company has been a charity since its incorporation in 1537 and has been registered as such since 1964, with the status of an  incorporated entity and with all the powers of an individual. Its charitable object remains as defined in its original charter: for the ‘better defence of the realm’.

This object finds its most consistent expression in support to the Active Unit through the provision of the estate, facilities and funds for the Regiment and Special Constabulary.

The titular head of the HAC is known as the Captain-General and the office has almost invariably been held by the monarch since the seventeenth century. The Queen has held the appointment since her accession. The full list of holders of the office is given below.
The current President is General P N Y M Sanders CBE DSO.

1657–1660       Major General Phillip Skippon
1660–1690       Prince James, Duke of York (later King James II)
1690–1702       King William III
1690                   Henry Howard, sixth Duke of Norfolk (while King William III was in Ireland)
1702–1708       Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland
                            (consort of Queen Anne)
1715–1760       George, Prince of Wales (later King George II)
1766–1830       George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV)
1830–1837       King William IV
1837–1843       Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
1843–1861       Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony
                            (later The Prince Consort)
1863–1910       Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII)
1910–1936       King George V
1936                   King Edward VIII
1936–1952       King George VI
1952–present  Queen Elizabeth II