Sunday, January 1, 2012

Nicholas II of Russia's Royal Scots Greys Uniform

Britain is the only nation of Europe that retains a degree of the aristocratic cavalry regiments that categorized the Rheinbund period.  Most of these regiments have been amalgamated to form larger units that are not as ineffectual as regiments of dragoons, hussars, lancers, etc. would otherwise be today.  In any event, below is an image of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia's colonel uniform of the Royal Scots Greys, presented to him by his relatives, the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha's (now Windsors) prior to World War I.  It was a curious move to make Nicholas an honorary colonel of the Scots Greys as the regiment had served against Russia very notably in the Crimean War.  The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) now form a part of the Carabiniers and Greys (amalgamated in 1971).

A very fine uniform I'd say!

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