Men in all ages have made for themselves signs and emblems of their allegiance to their rulers, clans and brotherhoods. With these emblems at the fore they were duty bound to uphold those laws, principles and traditions of the institutions with which they were affiliated. Prior to modern communication, Colours served as the rallying point for Regiments on the battlefield and were fiercely guarded in battle. Following in this ancient and honored custom, the Regiment has our Colours as a symbol of our duty towards our Country and Regiment. The Colours represent our resolve to guard, preserve and sustain the great traditions of bravery, service and self-sacrifice of which we are the proud inheritors.
The Queen’s Colour is the senior colour and carried on the right. It is a Union flag with the monarch’s crown and the words Bermuda Regiment, representing our allegiance to the crown. The Regimental Colour is carried on the left. It has a motif similar to the Regimental Badge, although crossed gun barrels appear under the Maltese Cross rather than the single barrel and wheel seen on the badge. These symbols are surrounded by a garland of roses and thistles.
The Colours are carried on parade by junior officers as part of the Colour Party. When carrying the Colours the officers are referred to as ensigns, the more senior of the two carrying the Queen’s Colour. The Colours are protected on parade by escorts, being two Colour Sergeants and a Warrant Officer. Uncased Colours are saluted by all ranks.
Our first Colours were presented to the Bermuda Regiment on 24 November 1965 by our then Colonel-in-Chief, HRH Princess Margaret She returned to present a second set of Colours in 1990 on the occasion of the Regiment’s 25th Anniversary. The current set of Colours were presented in November of 2010 by our current Colonel-in-Chief HRH Duchess of Gloucester at the National Stadium.
Annually, the Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess hosts The Colours Ball. The first Colours Ball was held on Saturday 27th November 1965 at Admiralty House Ball Room, two days following the presentation of the original Colours.
The Bermuda Regiment also has the distinction of having two ceremonial 25 pounder guns that date from the Second World War, which are now used solely for saluting purposes. As artillery regiments do not have Colours per say, the guns are afforded the same distinction and respect as the Colours.