The Standard and Guidon
The customs and traditions of
receiving a Standard date back to the Middle Ages, likewise the ceremony
for the "Laying-Up" of Standards also has its own customs and
By tradition, once a Standard has been
replaced, the retired Standard and pike are to be laid up and left to,
in time, disintegrate (dust to dust) and are not to be reconditioned or
refurbished. They may, however, be placed in an evacuated glass case
after a symbolic laying up period of not
less than five years.
It is customary for a retired Standard
to be laid up on the first Sunday after receiving a new Standard. Due
regard for its symbolic significance and preservation is achieved by
laying up in sacred buildings such as Cathedrals, Churches or Military
With the retirement of the old 1st
Laying-Up Ceremony was conducted on the 14th July at the Lone Pine
Chapel, Robertson Barracks. This ceremony had great significance, as the
Standard was the first to be placed in the new Chapel.
In the same ceremony the
Regimentís Guidon, which formerly resided in the Northern Territory
Parliament House, was also laid-up in the Chapel.