Corps Crest, Corps Colours & Cypher
The Corps Crest
This crest is also the main component
of the Royal Marines Cap/Beret badge.
The Corps Crest comprises 6 elements:
The Lion and Crown, Gibraltar, The Globe, The Laurels, Fouled Anchor
and Per Mare Per Terram.
Move your mouse over the crest below to find out more about the
history of the Corps Crest.
|Tha Cap Badge of the Royal
||The Brunswick Star worn on the front of the
The Corps Colours
The following are the Corps colours, in sequence and proportion:
Yellow 1 part
Green 1 part
Red 2 parts
Blue 4 parts
Navy blue is the primary colour in the combination selected. it
marks the intimate connection of the Corps with the RN. Blue was
the colour of the facings on the uniform for over 100 years.
Drummer red is the secondary colour in the design. This tint of
red is the old historic colour of the British Army and was worn
by the infantry of the Corps from early times down to the introduction
of scarlet in 1876.
Light Infantry green was worn on the shako by the infantry of the
Corps for some years. It was perpetuated in the bugle strings of
Old gold, rather than yellow, is the colour closely associated with
the early history of the Corps, as it was the distinctive colour
of the dress and ensigns of the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime
Regiment of Foot from which the Corps originates.
The Royal Cypher
The Royal Cypher appears on the drums and also on
the backing cards of the bands when on parade: