The Colours of the Welsh Guards being paraded at Horse Guards, 2015

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The regimental system

The regiment or corps is the key administrative component of the British Army. Each has its own long history, traditions and insignia. To its soldiers, the regiment is a military family that provides comradeship and a unique identity.

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Glengarry badge, 49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) (or Hertfordshire) Regiment, c1874

49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1743. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment).

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1758. It continued in British Army service until 1881, when it was merged into The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment).

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Collar badge of The Ulster Defence Regiment, c1970

The Ulster Defence Regiment

This infantry unit was formed in 1970. It served in Northern Ireland until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Regiment.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Essex Regiment, c1914

The Essex Regiment

Formed in 1881, this infantry unit served with the British Army until 1958, when it was merged into the 3rd East Anglian Regiment.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 44th (East Essex) Regiment, c1874

44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot

Raised in 1741, this unit served in several campaigns until the British Army reforms of 1881, when it was merged into The Essex Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 56th (West Essex) Regiment, c1876

56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot

Raised in 1755, this unit served in several campaigns until the Army reforms of 1881, when it was merged into The Essex Regiment.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), c1900

The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)

This unit was formed during the 1881 reforms. It continued in service until 1959, when it became part of The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire).

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Other ranks’ glengarry badge, 62nd (The Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot

This unit was formed in 1756. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it became part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment).

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 99th (Duke of Edinburgh's) Regiment of Foot, c1875

99th Duke of Edinburgh's (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot

This unit was formed in 1824. It served with the British Army until the 1881 Childers Reforms, when it became part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment).

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Cap badge, The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, c1903

The King's Shropshire Light Infantry

This unit was formed in 1881 and recruited in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Radnorshire. It served with the British Army until 1968, when it was merged into The Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment, c1874

53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot

This regiment was raised in 1755. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The King’s Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment).

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Glengarry badge, 85th (Bucks Volunteers) King's Regiment of Light Infantry, c1874

85th, or The King's Regiment of Light Infantry (Bucks Volunteers)

This unit was raised in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The King’s Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment).

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