Met Commissioner - Sir Ian Balir

#1
As you will see, here is a photograph of the ex-Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

Forgive me chaps, but since when did the Police
i) wear mess kit and
ii) and the entitlement to wear an aiguillettes?

Cheers,

ME



PS: It doesn't look to be a self tie bow-tie and with a wing collar...? :? :D

ME
 
#3
I think that as a chief constable he is one of the few police who is appointed/commisioned in technical terms and is an officer of the crown which may answer the question or I may be completely wrong.
 
#5
I imagine the sort of functions he gets invited to warrant it.
 
#6
I think you'll find that Blair is still the Commissioner. But if that is a Mess Dress, I wonder why he is not wearing any medals? He's entitled to a few, I think, at least the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the QPM.
 
#7
Lt_Gen_Me said:
As you will see, here is a photograph of the ex-Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
I think the bugger's still in post, sorry and all.

Forgive me chaps, but since when did the Police
i) wear mess kit and
ii) and the entitlement to wear an aiguillettes?
Have asked a Met mate to comment. I think (ii) may be down to a special status Commanders and above in the Met have in receiving their appointments directly from the Queen (may also apply to City of London). I'll happily bow to those with actual facts on this one.

PS: It doesn't look to be a self tie bow-tie
Why were you expecting standards from this man?
 
#8
Could be something to do with Lord Trenchard. He was a Met Commissioner
and wanted to introduce an, 'Officer Entry' class into the Met.

Before him, and possibly after, many other high ranking officers from the Armed Services held the rank of ' Commissioner' - just a guess though.
 
#9


That's him in his day suit. Looks like 4 ribbons to my currently mildly inebriated stare.
 

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#13
Lt_Gen_Me said:
Forgive me chaps, but since when did the Police
i) wear mess kit and
ii) and the entitlement to wear an aiguillettes?
And, indeed, what appears to be either a syrup or a crappy dye job...
 
#15
I'm not a great fan of the police, however they chap on the far left looks like he slept in his suit and if the others are formally dressed why isn't he?

Edited to add, its the 2005 GG2 Leadership and Diversity awards and the suited chap is Tony McNulty MP, then minister for Immigration, nationality and citizenship now Home Office Minister of State for Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing. I worry more and more these days.....
 
#17
WhiteHorse said:
I'm not a great fan of the police, however they chap on the far left looks like he slept in his suit and if the others are formally dressed why isn't he?
Yes, odd the others are in formal dress and he isn't..it's not Gordon Brown is it?? :p

The photo Blair has attached to his Met biog is out of date. A more recent photo shows he has started a second row...he now appears to wear Order of British Empire (civil)or possibly knights badge ribbon but I didn't think you did, Order of St John, QPM, QGJM and Police undiscovered (or in his case uncontrolled) crime medal.
 

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