Officer's Sabretache Badge

The mounted officers of the Grenadier Guards have elaborate horse furniture with gold laced halter and decorated bridle. The body of the horse is caparisoned with a blue cloth shabraque that is fringed and laced with gold, having this embroidery in the rear corners. The central device has a complicated reverse Victorian VR cypher on a scarlet ground. Around this is a blue velvet Garter inscribed HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE. This is topped with Victoria's Crown, and just below it is a small C II R for King Charles II. The spray of oak is also a reference to Charles II. The Garter Star and Flaming Grenade are placed below this. Although this is an old example the design was worn throughout the 20th century and is still worn on shabraques in the 21st century, with Victoria's crown and cypher. The horse furniture is shown in the photo of Queen Elizabeth II as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

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