05 April 2017

Royal Lancers Guidon Presentation

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, presented a new Guidon to The Royal Lancers in a ceremony at St. George's Hall, Windsor Castle. The Duke of York, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, was also in attendance.  
The Queen also added an honorific suffix to the regiment's name to mark her 70th year as its Colonel-in-Chief and in recognition of the regiment's service and loyalty to herself and to her mother, Queen Elizabeth. The regiment will now be known as The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths' Own).
Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/MoD Crown Copyright 2017
For more: Telegraph article and video, Zimbio gallery.

It's Easter Court for The Queen right now, the month or so around Easter she traditionally spends based full time at Windsor Castle. That means public engagements are a little slower, though she was snapped out riding late last month and Prince Philip was seen carriage driving. I'm glad that one of these sparse engagements involved the wearing of a skull and crossbones brooch.

Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/MoD Crown Copyright 2017
Okay, despite the fact that it amuses me greatly to imagine Her Maj owning an entire collection of skull brooches for her personal use, this is obviously a regimental badge. The Royal Lancers gave this diamanté brooch to their Colonel-in-Chief in 2015, and this is the second time we've seen hear wear it.