Enjoying a petit boisson on a rainy winter's afternoon, I decided to peruse the King's Royal Hussars' Web site, amongst others. This is an exceptional regiment whose composite regiments have some of the finest histories and traditions in the Army; therefore, the comment I am about to make is not meant to be in the least bit offensive or disrespectful. However, I was frankly mystified to see its officers lined up for parade carrying a variety of swords ranging from the correct pattern 1912 cavalry officer's sword to a pattern 1908 cavalry trooper's sword to a current issue infantry officer's sword to a pattern 1822 light cavalry sword (same as a current issue artillery officer's sword). The knots worn with the swords were equally diverse. You can see this by visiting http://www.army.mod.uk/the_kings_royal_hussars/op_telic_6_medal_parade.htm and looking at the third photo down entitled "The officers prepare to march on parade." I appreciate the fact that not all officers can afford to spend several thousand pounds on the private purchase of a correct sword; however, I was amazed to say the least by what I observed. I wonder how Lord Cardigan might have reacted.