2nd Battalion Queen's Colour c1881


The Queen's Colour for the Guards was, and still is a crimson flag, unlike the line regiments who based their Queen's Colours on the Union Flag. The three battalions of the Grenadier Guards had different Queen's Colours. Like the Colour in this illustration the 1st Battalion had the crimson ground with the battle honours and the grenade badge on the lower middle, but it differed in that the central device was a large Victorian crown, no cypher. There was also no small Union Flag in the upper canton. The 3rd Battalion had a very similar Queen's Colour to this but with the addition of a pile wavy coming from the lower corner of the Union Flag. The battle honours were increased in 1882 with the addition of Marlborough's victories and Dettingen.


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by Stephen Luscombe