Captain, Scots Guards, 1959


The Scots Guards are part of The Guards Division

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Since 1968 part of the Guards Division. The Scots Guards is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland. Its lineage can be traced back to 1642. It was placed on the English Establishment (thus becoming part of what is now the British Army) in 1686. Here is an officer in the last infantry full dress which survived for use on duty in the army. The foot guards never surrendered the slashed cuff when the embroidered cuff came in, and it is shown here as it is now worn by the Scots Guards. The other guard’s regiments are similarly dressed but with different grouping of their buttons and, of course, different badges. This officer is shown in Guard of Honour order, with a gold and crimson sash, instead of the more usual crimson, gold sword slings, and a gold sword knot. The officer is shown with overalls instead of trousers, and his sword unhooked from his belt, denoting that he holds the appointment of adjutant or a similar appointment outside the regiment. As a captain he has a line of embroidery round the flaps on his sleeves and a second bar of embroidery round the cuffs.

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Dimensions 24 × 37.5 cm