The Regiment’s links with Denmark are exceedingly strong, both historically and in the present, with HM Queen Margrethe II our incumbent Colonel-in-Chief. These links began as far back as 1689, with the appointment of Prince George of Denmark as Colonel of The Buffs. There was then a lapse of almost 200 years, but on the 9th of November 1906, the announcement was made of the appointment as Colonel-in-Chief of The Buffs of His Majesty King Frederick VIII of Denmark, KG, GCB, GCVO.
The Danish royal family have been connected with the Buffs, then Queen's Regiment and now the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment since 1689. This beautiful statuette helps to cement the close ties.
The Battalion has three oak, four legged, rectangular tables, each with the Royal Hampshire's crest carved into the top. There is a magazine/paper tray at mid-level. The Hampshire Regiment was formed in 1881, with the merging of the 37th (North Hampshire) and 67th (South Hampshire) Regiments. Following over half a century's campaigning, the Regiment received its Royal prefix in 1946 following the Second World War.
The Dettingen Cup was presented by Lieutenant Colonel HL Smith DSO to his brother officers on leaving the Regiment on 21 June 1911. It depicts an event which occurred during the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743 where His Majesty King George II, led the British forces into battle, including 20th & 31st Foot. Mistaking the 31st Huntingdonshire Regiment for the 3rd Buffs, as their facings were similar, called out "Bravo Buffs" and when reminded it was the 31st his Majesty re-joined "Bravo Young Buffs".
This magnificent set of silver drums are inscribed with the Crest and Battle Honours of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. The full set consists of 8 side drums, two tenor drums and a base drum. Only four of the side drums are depicted in these photos. Within the crest is the Regiment's motto "Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt" or "Where Right and Glory Lead".
This is an 1878 pattern British Blue Cloth Home Service Helmet.
The helmet plate (badge) has a St Edwards Crown which was in use from 1878 to 1901.
Adopted by the British Army in 1878 it was in use as the full dress helmet until 1914. Nowadays only some of the regimental bands wear them.
The silver frame contains portions of the Colours from the Crimea Campaign carried at The Battle of The Alma by the 77th East Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own). It is designed after a church entrance, with 2 front panels. The left panel is engraved with the Coat of Arms of Ensign AF Maine (Queen's Colour) and the right panel is engraved with the initials of Ensign FJ Butts (Regimental Colour).
This is an officer’s red tunic jacket showing close up detail of the East Surrey Regiment collar badge. The cuff embroidery shown is that of a Major of the Infantry of the Line. The epaulette shows the crown of a Major.
Following a dispute over opium between China and Great Britain, it was agreed that a treaty of peace be signed between the two nations to be concluded at Pekin. Unfortunately when Sir Frederick Bruce attempted to sail up the Peiho River to Pekin for the negotiations, three of his gun ships were sunk by fire from the Taku Forts. Subsequently the Chinese Expeditionary Force in 1860 totalling 16,000, in which the 67th Regiment was part, sailed from India and landed at Talien-Wan Bay to the north of the Peiho River in early June.
Commissioned as an ensign into the British Army in 1787, the "Iron Duke" served as aid-de-camp to two Lords Lieutenant of Ireland.
Rising to Colonel by 1796 Wellington is credited with an exemplary military career participating in some 60 battles and most famously leading the British Army to victory against the French during the Napoleonic War, during which most forebear regiments took part, in particular the Battle of Albuhera.
Following his military career Wellington served as Prime Minister twice: once in 1828-30 and briefly in 1934.