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Regimental Colours and Queen's Colours of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment - Images by Hemendra Bhola, 6 April 2022
The regiment was formed in August 1958 by reorganising the Gibraltar Defence Force which had been formed in April 1939.
T.F. Mills, 14 November 1998
A few days ago the Royal Gibraltar Regiment was presented with new colours. The Queen's Colour follows the typical Sovereign's colour layout. The fringe is gold and crimson. The Regimental Colour features the Colour emblem on a blue field. The emblem consists of the castle/tower and key emblem of Gibraltar, and the wreath is of the national flower - the Gibraltar candytuft (Iberis gibraltarica). The fringe is gold and blue.
Iberis gibraltarica L. is a native of North Africa, Gibraltar being its only European station.
The species is common and widespread throughout the Upper Rock and southern parts, especially the upper parts, and on the cliff face from the north face of the Rock all along the east side to Europa Point area.
[Flora of Gibraltar]
Rob Raeside & Ivan Sache, 6 April 2022
Regimental Colours and Queen's Colours of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment (top row) and former Gibraltar Regiment (bottom row) - Images by Eugene Ipavec & Clay Moss, 6 October 2010
The Gibraltar Regiment is part of the British Army proper, and its Colours conform to British Army regulations.
The Duke of Kent presented the new colours, on behalf of The Queen to The Gibraltar Regiment. The Presentation of new Colours took place during a parade at Devil's Tower Camp, the home of the Regiment, last Wednesday [1 July 1998].
The Colours consists of two banners or flags, one known as The Queen's Colours and the other as The Regimental Colours, the former being the Union Flag and bears in the centre, within a gold circle the inscription The Gibraltar Regiment in gold and the Imperial Crown superimposed. It has two tassels and a suitable staff with a Crown on top.
The Regimental Colours bear the Red Cross of St. George on a field of limestone grey. In the centre, round a gold circle within has a wreath of candytuft (Iberis gibraltarica Ð a native flower of Gibraltar which is found in great profusion in the Upper Rock in late winter and spring) the inscription The Gibraltar Regiment with a circle. The Castle Key in red and white (Gibraltar Colours), the Imperial Crown superimposed, underneath a scroll with the Regimental motto "Nulli Expugnabilis Hosti" (We shall never be expelled by the enemy) and on the upper canton next to the staff a grenade in gold to denote the link with The Royal Artillery. They measure three feet six inches long by three feet wide.
[Gibraltar News, 6 July 1998]
This was a replacement for the first stand of Colours presented 25 September 1971 by then Governor Sir Varyl Begg. Since the presentation of new colours in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed the title "Royal" on the Regiment and it is expected that the Regimental Colour (together with the Queen's Colour) will be changed to show the new "Royal" prefix on both Colours.
T.F. Mills, Phil Nelson & Andrew Schembri, 25 November 2002