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CAVALRY REGIMENTS (2) POSTCARDS

Trooper, 16th Lancers

Trooper, 16th Lancers
The trooper of the 16th (Queen's) Lancers is wearing the distinctive scarlet dress of that regiment which earned them the nickname 'Scarlet Lancers'.
The 16th Lancers were the only Lancer regiment to wear scarlet, a distinction given to them by King George III in 1766 and shortly after they were given the title "Queen's".
The scarlet tunic has blue facings and plastron and the lance cap of black leather had a blue upper part and top and a black plume. The base of the lance he carries would be supported in a small leather cup attached to the right stirrup.

This text was kindly researched and prepared by Alan Harfield (FR Hist S)

Copyright 1989 Published by Geoff White Ltd.

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