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A Typical Pair of Colours
King's Colour Regimental Colour  
King's Regimental  
In the British Army, all battallions of the Guards and of Line Regiments carry two colours. With the former the King's Colour is crimson, the Regimental Colour being the Union Jack, and all the Battle honours are placed on each colour. In the Line the Jack is the King's colour, and bears the Honours for the Great War alone. The Regimental colour beats all the pre and post Great War Honours. Heavy cavalry carry either a Standard or a Guidon: Hussar, Lancer and Rifle regiments have no colours.

The Royal Horse Guards
King's Standard Regimental  
King's Standard Regimental  
The King's Standards borne by the three regiments of Household Cavalry (1st and Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards) are almost all identical in appearance, for each bears the Royal Arms and has all the Battle Honours of the Regiments embroidered underneath. The Royal Horse Guards ("The Blues") wear, in full dress, blue tunics with red facings and silver helmets with scarlet plumes. Like the rest of the Household Cavalry they wear the steel cuirass (or back and breast plates). The Blues carry also a Regimental and a Squadron Standard.

1st The Royal Dragoons
Guidon Cap Badge  
Guidon Cap Badge  
"The Royals" carry a Guidon which bears 22 battle Honours, the 12 pre-1914 distinctions on one side, and the 10 for the Great War, as illustrated, on the other. The Badge of the regiment, seen in the centre of the Guidon and on the Cap Badge, is the Royal Crest of the lion and crown. The golden eagle in the base of the Guidon is borne in the memory of the capture by the Royals of a French eagle and Waterloo. The motto of the Regiment is "Spectemuragendo" ("Judge us by our deeds").

The Honourable Artillery Company
King's Colour Cap Badge Infantry  
King's Colour Cap Badge Infantry  
To the H.A.C., now a Territorial unit, must be given pride of place as the oldest regiment in the British Army for its Charter dates from August 25th 1537. The Colour illustrated, which, with the blue Regimental Colour, was presented on June 25th 1928, is the only King's Colour in the Army (outside the Brigade of Guards) to bear more than ten Battle Honours for the Great War it carries "South Africa 1900-02". The Cap Badge illustrated is that worn by the Infantry Battalion.

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
King's Colour Officer's Cap Badge  
King's Colour Officers' Cap Badge  
In the old days the Regiment of Foot Guards carried Royal Standards, which, before the Act of Unison were of crimson silk. Hence the King's Colours of the Guards are crimson nowadays, and the Regimental Colours of the Brigade of Guards should not be confused with the State Colours which are carried by them on State occasions. No. 1 Company of the 1st Battalion is known as the King's Company, and carries a colour of its own on occasion. Only picked men of over six feet are found in its ranks.

2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards
King's Colour Cap Badge Men  
King's Colour Cap Badge Men  
The King's Colours of the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Grenadiers are similar, with the exception that the latter battalion shows a "pile wavy" for difference (see 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards). As may be noticed, all the Battle Honours appear on both King's and Regimental Colours in the Guards. There are four types of Cap Badge, the Officers' (see 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards), the Men's, the Warrant Officers' (see 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards), and the Serjeants', the latter having the interlaced cypher on the grenade in gold instead of silver.

3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards
Regimental Colour Cap Badge  
Regimental Colour Cap Badge  
The Badge in the center of the Regimental Colour of the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards is that of number XXX Company. When the colours are renewes these badges change, each of the 30 Company Badges being borne in rotation, three at a time, one on the Regimental Colour of each battalion. On the tunics of the Grenadiers, formerly the 1st Foot Guards, the buttons are placed singly. The bearskin plumes are white, but the cap bands in the undress uniform for the ranks are red. The march past is the well-known "British Grenadiers".

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
Regimental Colour Officer's Cap Badge  
Regimental Colour Officer's Cap Badge  
The Colours of the Coldstream Guards conform to the usual custom in the Brigade of Guards, all the Battle Honours being emblazoned on each colour, while a Regimental Colour bears the Company Badge in the centre. The Badge shown is that of No 21 COmpant. The regiment was formed in 1650 from Fenwick's and Hesilrige's Regiments of Foot, and Monck was its first Colonel. When the Restoration was accomplished, the regiment was at Coldstream, and marched to London, hence the name "Coldstreamers" (never "Coldstreams").

2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards
King's Colour Cap Badge  
King's Colour Cap Badge  
The Badge of the COldstream Guards is the Star of the Order of the Garter, the premier British Order of Knighthood. The King's Colour of the 2nd Battalion is different from those borne by the other two battalion (see 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards). While the Grenadiers were known as the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, the scornful motto of the Coldstreamers, "Nulli Secundus" (Second to None) was the result of the implication that they were the 2nd Regiment of Guards. The regiment marches past to "Milanello", and air it shares with no other regiment of the British Army.

3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards
King's Colour Cap Badge  
King's Colour Cap Badge  
The King's Colour of the 3rd Battalion is similar to that borne of the 1st Battalion, except that the Union Flag appears in the corner, and with the "pile wavy" differences it, for the 1st Battalion has no Jack or pile, while the 2nd Battalion has the Jack and also has a different central device (see 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards). The buttons on the Coldstreamers coats are placed in pairs, the plume of the bearskin is red, and the band of the forage cap is white. As shown on this page, the Cap Badges of the Officers, W.O.s and other ranks are different.

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