Australian Corps of Military Police
April 2001 at Army Military Police Training Centre
Royal or Governor General's BANNERS
|There are currently three
types of banners within the Australian Army:
- the Sovereign's Banner, which may be
presented to any Corps or unit, including those with colours;
- refer to the presentation of
King's Banners to mounted and infantry units after the Boer War
and again after WW1.
- banners presented by other members of
the Royal Family. These may be presented to any Corps which does not
have an entitlement to standards, guidons or colours,
- In the past the Prince of Wales
has presented his Banner to Australian units
- see The Princess Anne Banner
- the Governor-General's Banner for
training units or other establishments that do not possess a colour.
|The first Banners
awarded to units of the Australian Military Forces were
presented after the Boer war. They were to the (current
- Light Horse Regiments
- Royal Australian Artillery
- Royal Australian Army Medical
By 1956 all these Banners had
been Laid Up. The RAA was presented with a new Banner in August
1971 to mark it's centenary.
- Since then Banners (of
differing types) have been
- Royal Australian Army
- Royal Australian Corps of
- Royal Australian
Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
- Royal Military College
- 1st Recruit Training
- Army Apprentices School
- Royal Australian Corps of
- Royal Australian Corps of
Banners are treated in a way very
similar to Colours. They are accorded high respect and compliment, and
they are treated with similar care, and duly saluted whilst being
They are not, however, accorded quite the same level of respect. A Queen's
Colour belongs to an operational unit
and is often won in battle, and thus accorded for great bravery or
service. A Governor General's Banner is the domain of a Support Unit,
awarded for great service or efficiency. This banner was created so that
support units might have some form of lesser equivalent to aspire to. Therefore
the Queen's Colour is accorded higher respects than that of a Governor
10 September 1980, approval was given by Her Royal Highness, Princess
Anne, The Princess Royal, LG, GCVO, the RASigs Colonel-in-Chief, for the
Corps to carry a banner bearing her Cipher. The banner is known as
"The Princess Anne Banner"
Note the Cypher , a stylised
"A" on what would be the top left hand corner were the flag
and its accoutrements consist of the following: - the banner, an English
Bely, tassel, crown, pike, two SLR rifles, two chromed bayonets,
two scabbards, two swords, and two white leather belts.
of carrying symbols into battle has existed for centuries, the Eagle
Standards of the Roman legions being perhaps the best known.
thirteenth century the nobility went into battle with their entire body
and most of their horse hidden by defensive armour, thus increasing the
difficulty of quick identification.
This was overcome by the use of
distinctive badges or crests on their equipment, including pennants or
used in the British Army originally as a means of identifying the location
of the headquarters of regiments in battle.
In time the Colours became a
focal point of regimental esprit de corps and there are many stories of
exploits of great heroism by soldiers defending the colours from loss.
Colours are carried by the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Infantry
Battalions and University Regiments. Banners are carried by those Corps or
Units that have had them presented by Royal or vice-regal personages.
The custom of
presenting Banners to Australian Army units started with the presentation
of twenty King’s Banners in 1904 for service in the Boer War. The
Banners were presented by King Edward VII to eighteen Light Horse
regiments, the Royal Australian Artillery, and the Australian Army Medical
Corps; a further twenty-three of these Banners were presented to infantry
units in 1911. It was stipulated that the Banners presented to the
non-infantry units were not ‘King’s Colours’ but, ‘...Honourable
Insignia presented (by King Edward VII) as a special mark of favour in
recognition of valuable services rendered in South Africa during the
1899-1902 war, and that Honorary Distinctions are not to be borne on the
currently three types of Banners within the Australian Army. They are the
Sovereign’s Banner which may be presented to any corps or unit including
those with Colours by Her Majesty The Queen; Banners presented by other
members of the Royal Family (these may be presented to any corps which
does not have an entitlement to Standards, Guidons, or Colours); and the
Governor-General’s Banner for training establishments which do not
possess a Colour. Banners are accorded the same respect and compliments as
the Queen’s Colours.
September 1980, approval was given by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne,
The Princess Royal, LG, GCVO, the RASigs Colonel-in-Chief, for the Corps
to carry a banner bearing her Cipher. The banner is known as "The
Princess Anne Banner"
The banner was
presented at a parade at Simpson Barracks on 29 November 1986, on behalf
of Her Royal Highness by His Excellency The Governor General, The Right
Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE.
Officer, Army School of Signals, is the custodian of the banner and is
responsible for its security and maintenance. The banner is permanently
displayed in the foyer of the Army School of Signals when not being
paraded on ceremonial occasions.
An unofficial Artillery
banner of unknown origin
Army Band Corps banner
Home" banner from 1945/6
ANZAC Day Banners
|This banner is the Anzac
Day marching banner of the 4th, 12th & 13th Field Ambulances which
made up the Australian Medical Corps (AMC) section of the 4th Division
AIF in WW1.