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New Colours Presentation Parade;  The Highlanders

  July 6th 2001 

(Seaforth & Camerons) & (Queen's Own)


Queen's Colour Regimental Colour

The Queen’s Colour: This bears the combined selected Battle Honours awarded to the Seaforth Highlanders, The Gordon Highlanders and The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in the Great War and the Second World War.

The Regimental Colour: The Highlanders Badge surrounded by the title “The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)” appears in the centre.  Around this is a wreath of roses, thistles and shamrocks.

Beneath it is the Cypher and Coronet of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The combined Battle Honours won by the Seaforth Highlanders, The Gordon Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.  The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and The Queen’s Own Highlanders both before and after the World Wars are emblazoned on a Laurel Wreath. The following badges also appear:
  • The Cypher of Queen Victoria within the Garter. In 1921 His Majesty King George V, Colonel in Chief, graciously approved the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders to adopt the Cypher of Queen Victoria with the Garter as an additional badge on the Regimental Colour.

  • The Cypher of The Duke of York. The distinction of bearing the Cypher and Coronet of His Royal Highness, The Duke of York and Albany was granted to the 72nd Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders in 1824.

  • The Sphinx, superscribed “Egypt”. Granted to the 79th and 92nd Highlanders for the outstanding part they played in defeating the French in Egypt in 1801.

  • The Elephant, superscribed “Assaye”. An honour granted to the 78th Highlanders for the distinguished part they played in the battle of Assaye in 1803.

  • The Tiger, superscribed “India”. Bestowed on the 75th Highlanders in 1807 as an honourable and lasting testimony of their distinguished service in India.

Cap Badge of The Queens Own Highlanders and now The Highlanders!

Australian connection 1. The 27th was a South Australian Militia regiment, and in the period of 1930 to 1942, it had a Scottish nature.  After WW2 the 27th Scottish South Australian continued. The ties to the Seaforth Highland Regiments were strong and the kilts worn were the same.

The hat badge is based on the Australian Rising Sun badge, with the stag's head of the Seaforths in the centre, and 27 between the antlers on the Rising Sun.

The Stand of (old) Colours in the Officer's Mess during the  Formal Dinner on the weekend of the Presentation. This will be their last appearance in the Mess.

Note the unarmed Guard.

Colours on view within The Officers Mess, Redford Barracks.

One of our Australian cousins.


<< Australian Connection 2. This Digger was in the audience. Australia has always had a close military relationship with Scottish Units and many early Colonial and post Federation Units were modelled on Scots Units
Australian Connection 3 Bert Nicholson and family in Australia with the Scottish Veterans Banner, Anzac Day Parade in Melbourne >>>

Consecration of the New Colours

The new Colours are laid on the piled Drums and are consecrated in a religious ceremony.

Colour Party

The Colours are introduced to the Regiment, flanking the old Colours.

Colours are unsheathed

The new Colours are on Parade during the whole ceremony and are the focal point

The New Colours of The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)

At the end of the ceremony the Colour Party and The Colours March Off.
  • New Colours are presented to Units about every  25 years or so. 
  • It is a special occasion in the life of a Regiment when new Colours are presented and the old Colours are laid up.
  • As I am not aware of any photographs available for a Presentation Parade of an Australian unit, I present here photos of the Presentation Parade of a Unit that has (had) close ties with an Australian Unit. The only similar Presentation Parade for which I have access to photos is on the page called Standards.

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