In 1811, with George III’s mental disability, the Prince of Wales was made Regent. He and his brothers had been waiting to carry out reforms of naval and military dress and got to work quickly. In 1812 new uniforms were introduced for both services. The new regulations covered all the commissioned ranks and began by describing the full dress for Admirals of the Fleet, which was to consist of a ‘Blue Cloth Coat, ditto Collar, White Cloth Lapels, and Cuffs, with Five Laces round the Cuffs; laced as at present; Epaulettes as now; ditto Buttons, with the addition of a Crown above the Anchor.’ Admirals were to have the same, but with four laces round their cuffs, and three stars on their epaulettes; vice-admirals, three laces and two stars; and rear-admirals, two laces and one star. This plate is taken from Beechey’ s portrait of Sir George Cockburn, in the National Maritime Museum.