Royal Scots Guards Uniform Presented to Tsarskoye Selo Topic: Tsarskoye Selo
Mrs. Helen Murray Threipland presenting the gift in the Semi-Circular Hall of the Alexander Palace, next to Nicholas II's Scots Guards uniform
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have honoured their former Colonel-in-Chief Tsar Nicholas II by donating a modern Colonel’s field camouflage uniform to the Tsarskoye Selo Museum on July 11, 2013.
The gift from Mr. Angus Hay, a retired Scots Greys Colonel from one of the oldest Scottish families, was presented at a ceremony in the Alexander Palace by Mrs. Helen Murray Threipland, the granddaughter of the Semyonovsky Regiment Colonel Pavel Molchanov.
The modern uniform consists of a jacket; a T-shirt; trousers; a pair of boots; a shoulder strap with embroidery (a crown, three stars and a Scots DG monogram); a wavy blue band shoulder stripe; and a grey peaked cap with a badge. It joins the museum collection which already boasts a Scots Greys Colonel’s full dress uniform, which Nicholas II wore in his portrait of 1902 by Valentin Serov (on display at the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum in the Edinburgh Castle, UK).
Tsar Nicholas II became Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Greys on 19 November 1894, by appointment from Queen Victoria who thus honoured his engagement to her granddaughter Alexandra.
Since 1918, the guardsmen traditionally have the black backing behind the cap badge – in mourning for the killing of their Colonel-in-Chief. The Scots Greys regimental band played at the Romanov remains burial ceremony in the Peter and Paul Fortress of St. Petersburg in 1994. The band traditionally plays “God Save the Tsar”, the national anthem of the late Russian Empire, in the regiment’s officer mess – in honour of Tsar Nicholas II.