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.
STRUCTURE AND ORGANISATION OF THE COMPANY
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 Lieutenant General P N Y M Sanders CBE DSO.
CAPTAIN GENERALS OF THE HAC
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