Her Majesty The Queen is to present new colours to Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards today in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The presentation of new colours is a rare honour for all soldiers and officers involved and this new set of colours is the first the company have received since 2001.
Unfortunately, the regimental colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the Duke of Edinburgh will not be present at this presentation of new colours.
During the ceremony, the old colours of Nijmegen Company will be marched off parade ceremoniously and replaced with new colours, incorporating the regiment’s battle honours.
Regiments are issued with two colours. The regimental colour, which is the regiment’s symbol and battle honours emblazoned on a union flag (in the case of the guards division) and The Queen’s Colour, which is the same thing but with a red background instead of the union flag. The Queen’s Colour is used in the presence of The Queen and the regimental colour on all other occasions.
Nijmegen Company was set up in 1994 when the 2nd battalion was placed into suspended animation as a result of Army reforms. It is responsible for maintaining the traditions of the Grenadier Guards and as the lead public duties company, all new guardsmen complete several months’ in Nijmegen Company after passing out.
Also today, The Queen will inspect The Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards, the company of which she is personally Company Commander and which will one day provide pallbearers at her funeral.
Her Majesty will then hold a garden party at Buckingham Palace for the centenary of the Grenadier Guards association.