Standards of dress in the Household Div.

#1
I was watching the moving televisual machine this afternoon, when I espied two subalterns of the Household Division watching a football match at Twickenham. Both were dressed horribly informally and I wondered when the Household Division stopped its' policy of requiring its' young officers to dress properly for sporting events!

A base ball cap, a wooly beanie and fleeces and sweaters FFS! Not an ounce of tweed in site! The racing felt also appears to be off the menu. I don't think either Cornet Wales had a walking stick...
 
#2
Tisk Cuddles, we agreed not to discuss their career choices on here:) - Going for airborne Sqn cred?

Obviously they have picked up their mother's dress sense rather than their Father's!
 
#3
Career choices? Why no I'm talking about their adjutant's professional standards me!
 
#4
No, no, no no no no no no no no no no. It´s all part of the royal "pick ´n choose" attitude to soldiering, either that or the H DIV have suddenly decided to go like the Tory party and become "more accessible". Next you´ll be telling me that they don´t wear stiff collars for breakfast and that instead of white tie for dinner every night, they can now wear smoking jackets at weekends. I knew it was a mistake letting them into a parliamentary regiment (RHG).

It used to be the case that if an officer appeared in print (Harpers, Tatler etc) he bought the mess champagne. As a result, most weeks there´d be fizz at luch at least once for that reason. With two princes on board, I expect they have it on draught now.

I suggest on/off extras from now ´til Christmas to instil some standards.
 
#7
Good point! In my day, the young gentlemen, when in Town, had to wear dark suits, shiney shoes, stiff collars and bowler hats carrying a tightly furled brolly! Very smart.
 
#8
Queensman said:
Good point! In my day, the young gentlemen, when in Town, had to wear dark suits, shiney shoes, stiff collars and bowler hats carrying a tightly furled brolly! Very smart.
Indeed!
 
#10
LG were always more picky than RHG/D; until 1989, even their soldiers had to book out in jacket and tie, hence their nick name "Best dressed drunks in Detmold".

The bowler hat thing for H DIV officers died out in the mid 80s. The King´s Troop carried it on, but they were always considered a bunch of arrivistes, who made just a little too much effort to outposh us. Still, a lovely buch of chaps despite some of them having some slightly dodgy personal habits, which in one case have been usefully transferred to the Legion of Frontiersmen.
 
#11
Jorrocks said:
The bowler hat thing for H DIV officers died out in the mid 80s.
Tell that to the current General!

B-T
 
#12
If there´s been a resurgence for the bowler hat, then hurrah. I wore my Jersey Heavy Wool to work last week. Maybe this week I´ll wear my bowler which should go down a storm in down town Madrid. In fact I´ve been threatening to do this for some time, but the Dago Who Must be Obeyed has always forbidden it.
 
#13
Jorrocks old chap, you absolutely must wear your bowler! I am regularly pilloried by the Fenian Bride for wearing my racing felt to pop to the village shops. She considers it "staid" and "old mannish". She has even bought me an Irish "countryside" sort of a hat.

It is great for shooting and bad weather but not really ideal for cutting about in. I believe it is reerred to in hatters circles as a "Foxhunter". This proves it is really Irish because if it were English surely it would merely be called a "Hunter"??
 
#14
I once saw 2 members of the Household Division "wearing" a 17 yr old black girl on their manhood. At least they can't be accused of racism.
 
#15
Cuddles said:
Jorrocks old chap, you absolutely must wear your bowler! I am regularly pilloried by the Fenian Bride for wearing my racing felt to pop to the village shops. She considers it "staid" and "old mannish". She has even bought me an Irish "countryside" sort of a hat.

It is great for shooting and bad weather but not really ideal for cutting about in. I believe it is reerred to in hatters circles as a "Foxhunter". This proves it is really Irish because if it were English surely it would merely be called a "Hunter"??
I've recently landed a Staff job in London after years at Regimental duty in far-flung rural outposts of the empire. Being a farmers-boy at heart I can't bring myself to wear a bowler as I feel I should be leading a prize bull around by a rein, but I have bought a rather nice 'weekender', like a Fedora but with a much narrower brim.

Shall we start a campaign to encourage the wearing of hats?

B-T
 
#17
Splendid. they've not got much on there right now so they're bound to help out.
 
#18
A campaign to encourage the "wearing" of hats will need to be explained to 3 PARA mortars very carefully, to avoid unpleasantness with non-airborne forces.
 
#19
Let´s not allow the word "hat" go the same way as other old English words that have been hijacked by the PC Brigade, like "gay" and "spastic" and "Rhodesia". I am proud to wear a hat (in the traditional sense). I am a hat (in the airbourne sense). I hope that clears up any confusion.
 
#20
I like hats. Infact I'm rarely without one; ofcourse, I remove my headdress in the presence of ladies and when indoors.

This probably should be a new & fascinating thread, BUT how many hats do you own and wear? I'll start!:
2x Top hats (1x Great grandfather's in leather carrying case)
1x Bowler
1x Trilby
1x Panama (Regimental hatband)
3x Peaked caps
1x Tweed Hat
1x French beret
1x Drummers Helmet (NB 3 Para: this is something you put on your head and NOT in your mouth or bottom!)
1x Woolly sailing hat
5x Mount Gay sailing caps
1x London Irish cap
1x East German Border Guards fur hat
1x No1 Dress Cap
2x Berets (Queens, PWRR)
2x Side hats (Queens, QRSR)
1x No2 Dress Cap
1x School Cap (too small now)
Umpteen Sailing/Baseball style hats
2x Bollox to Bliar hats
2x Skiing hats
1x Sun hat
1x Combat Helmet (forgot to hand it in)
1x Tibetan style thingy
 
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