Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, was promoted by Queen
Elizabeth II to the highest ranks in all three British military
services on Saturday.
The queen appointed her eldest son to the honorary ranks of field
marshal, admiral of the fleet and marshal of the Royal Air Force,
equivalent to five star rank in the US forces.
Charles, 63, the Prince of Wales, served in the Royal Navy and
the RAF throughout the 1970s.
Only two other members of the royal family hold similarly senior
honorary rank: the queen's husband Prince Philip -- in all three
services -- and her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who
is a field marshal.
Charles's sons are both helicopter pilots -- Prince William in a
search and rescue role with the RAF and Prince Harry on attack
choppers with the Army Air Corps.
Meanwhile General Charles Guthrie, who was chief of the defence
staff between 1997 and 2001, has also been awarded the honorary
rank of field marshal.