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Royal Gibraltar Regiment (Gibraltar, United Kingdom)

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Regimental Colours and Queen's Colours of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment - Images by Eugene Ipavec & Clay Moss, 6 October 2010, after photos (The Presentation of New Colours)


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Presentation of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment

The regiment was formed in August 1958 by reorganising the Gibraltar Defence Force which had been formed in April 1939.

T.F. Mills, 14 November 1998


Colours of the Gibraltar Regiment

The Gibraltar Regiment is part of the British Army proper, and its Colours conform to British Army regulations.

Quoting Panorama Gibraltar's Newsweek, 6 July 1998:

The Duke of Kent presented the new colours, on behalf of The Queen to The Gibraltar Regiment. The Presentation of new Colours took place during a parade at Devil's Tower Camp, the home of the Regiment, last Wednesday [1 July 1998].
The Colours consists of two banners or flags, one known as The Queen's Colours and the other as The Regimental Colours, the former being the Union Flag and bears in the centre, within a gold circle the inscription The Gibraltar Regiment in gold and the Imperial Crown superimposed. It has two tassels and a suitable staff with a Crown on top.
The Regimental Colours bear the Red Cross of St. George on a field of limestone grey. In the centre, round a gold circle within has a wreath of candytuft (Iberis gibraltarica a native flower of Gibraltar which is found in great profusion in the Upper Rock in late winter and spring) the inscription The Gibraltar Regiment with a circle. The Castle Key in red and white (Gibraltar Colours), the Imperial Crown superimposed, underneath a scroll with the Regimental motto "Nulli Expugnabilis Hosti" (We shall never be expelled by the enemy) and on the upper canton next to the staff a grenade in gold to denote the link with The Royal Artillery. They measure three feet six inches long by three feet wide.

This was a replacement for the first stand of Colours presented 25 September 1971 by then Governor Sir Varyl Begg. Since the presentation of new colours in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed the title "Royal" on the Regiment and it is expected that the Regimental Colour (together with the Queen's Colour) will be changed to show the new "Royal" prefix on both Colours.

T.F. Mills, Phil Nelson & Andrew Schembri, 25 November 2002


Former colours of the Gibraltar Regiment, 1971-1998

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Regimental Colours and Queen's Colours of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, 1971-1998 - Images by Eugene Ipavec & Clay Moss, 6 October 2010