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A royal guard shares 5 hidden details on his iconic blood-red uniform and the meaning behind them

Most guards wear a black bearskin hat, but the feather plume’s color depends on the regiment, the guard said.

Royal guards wearing different colored plumes.

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The guard said most officers wear a black bearskin hat but that each specific regiment has a different color plume. 

“There are different plumes, so the Coldstream Guards have it on the right-hand side and it’s red. The Grenadiers have it on the left-hand side, theirs is also red,” he told Insider. 

“The Scots guards don’t wear one,” he added. Meanwhile, the Irish guards have a blue plume and the Welsh have a green and white one, according to the Changing of the Guard website.

Tatler previously reported that there are a total of seven Army regiments that wear the hat. The publication added that the British Army is believed to purchase between 50 and 100 of the towering black hats every year, costing roughly £650 each, or around $740.



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