Senior Officers, Full Dress c1937

This photo is included because it shows officers in dismounted dress uniform wearing swords that are more elegant than the somewhat ugly 1912 cavalry sword. The 1900 Dress Regulations stipulate this pattern of sword for cavalry officers. The blade is very slightly curved and the guard is pierced with an ornamental device. The two Greys officers talk to officers and warrant officers of the Yeomen of the Guard, the oldest military corps in Britain. The nearest Greys officer is in fact the Colonel-in-Chief Prince Arthur of Connaught. He had been an officer in the regiment and held his elevated appointment from 1922 to his death in 1938. The date of this photo is not known for sure but it is certainly after 1926 when he received the Bailiff Grand Cross of St John. The other officer is probably the CO of the regiment. The difference in shape of their bearskins is interesting; the more upright shape of the CO's has a smarter appearance.

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