By Ian Sumner, Richard Hook

During this moment of a two-part series a revered vexillologist describes, explains and illustrates a wide selection of the King's and Regimental colors carried through the 18th and nineteenth centuries by way of British loved ones, standard, military and Volunteer infantry regiments. The successive laws among 1747 and 1881 - whilst the wearing of colors within the box ceased - are supported by way of accomplished tables of 'ancient badges' and conflict honours; many cautious drawings; and via ten fantastic plates by way of Richard Hook, detailing a few 35 flags in complete color, in addition to a few recognized colour-bearers.

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82: Royal Colour, Scots Fusilier Guards, 1854 The 'Alma Colours' of the Scots Guards hang in the Church of Scotland Chapel at the Guards Depot. 1 Company (see line illustration, page 14, item cl). The flags were presented In 1853 and carried for the usual term of seven years. Source: Dawnay, Standards of the Household Division. 83: Regimental Colour, 1 st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 1856 Apart from the addition of battle honours. no other alterations were made to the regiment's colours from 1746 until 1856, when they were reduced in size.

The latter were not replaced untll 1780, but this new stand was described as 'considerably worn' after only nine years of home service. 7. C2: Second Colour, 2nd Foot, 1751 The lamb is the most enigmatic of all British Army badges. Only regimental tradition attributes It to Catherine of Braganza. the queen of Charles II, who was on the throne when the regiment was raised. The lamb is not associated with the house of Braganza; nothing else connects Catherine with the badge, and although she is depicted with a lamb in a surviving portrait, this may be no more than a conventional device to indicate purity or gentleness.

A1ow. ~ Wllllama, The Stoty of the Coloun. The centre of the Second Colour of the 87th Foot (Prtnce of Wales'a Own lrtah), bNring the motif of the French l'lglmental eagle captured bv Sgt. Patrick Mesteraon of the 8Tth at Berrou, 5 March 1811. Sheet: blue. Eagle, harp: gold. The Prtnoe of Walff's plume• placed on gold rap. Sowce: Miine, StandetW and Coloul'L Honours. quite rightly, were restrkted to regiments that had seen hard service. · Thl· application of the regiment in question. for tlw honour La Valctte, was Utn1ed down on the grounds that it had submittt"

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