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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Other ranks' cap badge, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, c1965

The Royal Army Veterinary Corps

This corps is responsible for the provision, training and care of animals in the British Army. With origins dating back to the 1790s, it has served in many campaigns, including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, c1910

The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It fought in many campaigns until 1968, when it became part of The Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) or The King's Own Light Infantry, c1874

51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding), or The King's Own Light Infantry Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1755. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it became part of The King’s Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment).

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 105th Regiment of Foot (Madras Light Infantry), c1874

105th Regiment of Foot (Madras Light Infantry)

This infantry unit was originally part of the army of the East India Company, but transferred to the British Army in 1862. It became part of The King’s Own Light Infantry during the 1881 reforms.

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Cap badge, other ranks, The Royal Irish Rangers, c1970

The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th)

This infantry unit was established in 1968 and recruited in Northern Ireland. It served with the British Army until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Regiment.

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Cap badge, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers), c1914

The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)

This infantry unit was established during the 1881 reforms. It recruited in the Irish province of Ulster and served until 1968 when it was merged into The Royal Irish Rangers.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment, c1874

87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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Glengarry badge, 89th (Princess Victoria’s) Regiment of Foot, c1874

89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, c1930

The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

This Irish infantry unit was established in 1881. Recruiting in Ulster, it existed until 1968, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Rangers.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, c1874

27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1689. It continued in service until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged into The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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Glengarry badge, 108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry), c1874

108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry)

This unit was originally raised by the East India Company, but later transferred to British Army service. In 1881, it was merged into The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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Officers' busby badge, The Royal Irish Rifles, c1902

The Royal Irish Rifles

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 reforms. It continued in British Army service until 1968, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rangers.

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