Shako Badge 1831

Radical changes to the uniform of the light dragoons took place in 1830 when King William IV came to the throne. He wanted his soldiers dressed in red so the blue-coated light dragoons duly changed from blue and silver to scarlet and gold. The lace around the top of this shako is now gold. The badge for the 14th LD had to change too, as the title of the regiment was now the King's Light Dragoons. The Prussian Eagle was replaced by the Royal Crest, the name given to the badge of the lion standing on the crown. The strap around the crest has the regimental title and the six battle honours for the Peninsula War placed on the arms of the cross. The Hanoverian crown was part of the badge, placed on the top arm.

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