Queen Victoria presents Colours to 89th Regiment

Thu, 04/05/1866

89thQCLR1866Following the move of the 89th by train from Shorncliffe to Aldershot in the spring of 1866, Queen Victoria presented a new stand of Colours to replace those she had presented at Plymouth Hoe on 3 August 1833, when she was the 14-year-old Princess Victoria. Following the presentation on 5 April 1866, it was announced later in April that:

'... the Queen has been graciously pleased to command that the 89th Foot may henceforth bear the title of 'Princess Victoria's Regiment' in commemoration of the recent presentation of new colours, to replace those presented 33 years ago by Her Majesty when Princess Victoria.'

The London Gazette dated 22 May 1866 further announced:

'Her Majesty was further pleased to permit the officers of the 89th "Princess Victoria's" Regiment to wear on their forage caps, above the regulation numbers 89, the badge of a Princess's coronet ... .'

(Images above: The Queen's Colour (left), The Regimental Colour (right))