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The Duntroon Colours

Colour party for the June 2012 Graduation Parade featuring the Queen's Colours, Australian Army Banner and the Colours of the Corps of Staff Cadets.
Using colours to provide a rally point in the confusion of battle dates back to the sixteenth century to maintain the morale of troops. Although no longer carried into battle, colours are the symbol of a regiment which display battle honours in recognition of gallant deeds.

Today in the Australian Army, colours are carried by the Corps of Staff Cadets at Duntroon and by battalions of infantry regiments. The Corps has two colours: the Queen's Colour and the Regimental Colour. The first set of colours was received by the Corps on 10 May 1927 from His Royal Highness The Duke of York (later His Majesty King George VI). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has presented all subsequent sets of colours; the second set on 17 February 1954, the third set on 27 April 1970, the fourth set on 10 May 1988 and the fifth set during RMC-D's Centenerary celebrations on 22 October 2011.

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The Queen's Colour

The Queen's Colour being presented on 22 October 2011

The Queen's Colour, when uncased, is deemed equal to the presence of the Sovereign herself. In the Australian Army, the Queen's Colour was the Union Jack until 1969 when royal approval was granted for the current design which is based on the Australian National Flag. The Royal Military College was the first unit in the Australian Army to receive the new design when it was presented to the Corps of Staff Cadets by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 27 April 1970.


The Regimental Colour

The Regimental Colours of the Corps of Staff Cadets on parade

The Regimental Colour represents the embodiment of the spirit and history of the Corps of Staff Cadets. Given the Royal title bestowed on the College, the base colour of the Regimental Colour is dark blue (for units without a Royal title, the base colour is dark green). The Corps of Staff Cadets Regimental Colour bears a device, centrally placed, and composed of the unit badge.


The Sovereign's Banner

The Sovereign's Banner is currently held by Alamein Company

When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Duntroon in 1954, she granted permission for title 'The Sovereign's Company' to be bestowed on the Champion Company of cadets each year. Her Majesty subsequently gave permission for her Banner to be carried by the Sovereign's Company on ceremonial occasions. When the Corps parades, the position of each Company on the inspection line is determined by their relative position in the Lee Shield Competition. This competition determines the Sovereign's Company and company seniority generally. The Sovereign's Company is the senior company and is always on the right of the line.

The original Sovereign's Banner was presented to the Corps on 26 February 1958 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The then Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Bill Hayden, presented the current Sovereign's Banner to the Corps on 12 June 1992. Other than the Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst, the Royal Military College - Duntroon is the only military institute in the world to have the privilege of such a device.

Last updated
6 December 2016
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