1st Battalion Irish Guards Regimental Colour
This Regimental Colour from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is a full sized exact replica of the one presented to the battalion in May 1965 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. The size is 45"x 36". Made from pure silk and hand embroidered, completed with edge tassel and the Guards Regimental rope lanyard. The colour is double sided, being exactly the same on each side. It can either be framed or hung from a Colour Pike as it is made with a sleeve on the left hand size.
Outside of the Regiment, this is probably the only other one in existence. The original is laid up in the Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks, London.
This is the fifth Irish Guards Colour that we have commissioned with each one being a unique item in that it will never be produced again.
Previous Colour produced by us have went to Museums, private collectors abroad and a few have went to Sergeants Messes to be mounted.
As stated, this will be a one off offer. This particular Colour will not be produced again.
Should you require the Colour framed, please contact us after purchase. We have a professional military framer working for us who does an excellent job. We will also add wording of your choice at the bottom of the frame. Contact us for pricing information on this should you require this service.
As armies became trained and adopted set formations, each regiment's ability to keep its formation was potentially critical to its, and therefore its army's, success. In the chaos of battle, not least due to the amount of dust and smoke on a battlefield, soldiers needed to be able to determine where their regiment was.
Regimental flags are generally awarded to a regiment by a head-of-State during a ceremony. They were therefore treated with reverence as they represented the honour and traditions of the regiment. Colours may be inscribed with the names of battles or other symbols representing former achievements (see battle honours).
Regiments tended to adopt "colour guards", composed of experienced or élite soldiers, to protect their colours. As a result, the capture of an enemy's standard was considered as a great feat of arms.
They are never capriciously destroyed - when too old to use they are replaced and then laid-up in museums, religious buildings and other places of significance to their regiment. However, in most modern armies, standing orders now call for the Colours to be intentionally destroyed if they are ever in jeopardy of being captured by the enemy.
Due to the advent of modern weapons, and subsequent changes in tactics, Colours are no longer carried into battle, but continue to be used at events of formal character.
This item will be shipped in a secure manner and protected from water damage
We will use the most secure method of shipping and the Colour will be insured for the full amount
A tracking number will be available should you require it
We will also ship internationally. Once again a tracking number will be available
We will use Royal Mail but will use other couriers if requested. Please note
that these will be more expensive than our preferred courier.