HM Queen Elizabeth II braved the torrential down pours in
London on 18 May, as she presented the Scots Guards with new
colours. Dressed in an elegant mint ensemble and carrying a
matching umbrella, Her Majesty stepped into the gardens of
Buckingham Palace where she praised the guards for having
served with distinction. More than 2,200 guests watched as
the 1st Battalion and F Company Scots Guards were honoured
by the Queen. The Queen, who is their Colonel-in-Chief, last
presented the Scots Guards with their colours during her
Golden Jubilee year of 2002. These were later taken by the
1st Battalion on five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The colours - or regimental flags - are treasured by the regiment because they were originally used as rallying points on the battlefield to help troops avoid becoming disorientated by the fog of war.