THE ROYAL FUSILIERS were raised in 1685 to protect the trains of artillery on active service and adopted a dress like that of the grenadier companies of other regiments. The Regiment was amalgamated in 1968 with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the Lancashire Fusiliers – to form a new large regiment, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. When light companies were added to other regiments the Royal Fusiliers received one too, dressed as shown in the plate. Light companies devised a wide variety of head-dresses to show their individuality, and the one shown here is different from most. It consists of a leather peaked helmet with a transverse crest of black fur, surmounted by a white feather. The coat has an epaulette on each shoulder in place of the wings more commonly worn in light companies, and the tails of the coat are longer than the shortened ones usual in these companies. The chevrons and single bars of lace on the cuffs are also unusual and resemble the type of cuff generally introduced nearly a hundred years later. The laced red waistcoat was an almost universal distinction for light companies, instead of the white or buff waistcoats worn by battalion companies. The regiment then, as now, took a pride in the appearance of those who wore its uniform.