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PRIVILEGES AND TRADITIONS


para5In over 300 years of distinguished service the Regiment has gained a number of unique privileges and traditions.

para4The Regimental colour is garter blue. This dates back to 1685 when the Regiment wore the Queen's livery with garter blue feathered hats.

para3The wide use of green in Regimental uniform reflects the proud association with the people of Ireland. All ranks wear green jumpers and berets. Officers can be distinguished by their distinctive 'tent' hat.

para2At the Battle of Almenara in 1710 the 8th Hussars defeated the Spanish Cavalry Corps and taking the Cross Belts from the enemy cut the Spaniards down with their own swords. This action earned the Regiment the nickname of 'St Georges Crossbelts'. Crossbelts are still worn by the Regiment today, and the Regimental Journal and Polo Team preserve the nickname 'The Crossbelts'.

para1 After the Jacobite rebellion in 1745, all officers of the army were required to toast the sovereign in their mess after dinner. The King, however, absolved the Regiment from this duty saying that their loyalty had never been in doubt. To this day, the officers neither drink the loyal toast nor observe the National Anthem when played in the mess.

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