The Royal Standard c1920


Two be-medalled Colour Sergeants hold the State Colour or Royal Standard of the Grenadier Guards post WW1. The cypher is George V's and his crown is over the cypher as well as the symbols in the four corners. There are no battle honours displayed on this Colour. The Grenadiers, Coldstream and Scots Guards have these special State Colours which are only used on royal occasions when the Sovereign is present. The Colour is crimson, without a fringed edge, and larger than the other Colours, 5'10" wide by 4'10" carried on a pike of 8' 7" tall. It is carried by an ensign of the Queen's Company. The origin of this Colour is explained in the Colours section of the 1st Foot Guards. It is this Colour that forms the basis of the Guards badge worn by Colour Sergeants and Drill Sergeants.


Regimental details | Colours




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by Stephen Luscombe