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Photograph of ‘King George V’ standing in left side profile in the middle of the photograph as he receives the Colours of one of the disbanded Irish Regiments during a ceremony in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle. Two soldiers kneel before the King as they present him with the colours. Other regiments stand in formation on the left of the photograph.
On 12 June 1922, King George V received the Colours of The Royal Irish Regiment (Served in China, India and Afghanistan), The Connaught Rangers (Served in India), The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Served in India), The Royal Munster Fusiliers (Served in India) and The Royal Dublin Fusiliers (Served in India and Ceylon) for safekeeping at Windsor Castle where they remain. The South Irish Horse, the sister regiment of The North Irish Horse, was also disbanded.
The King, with emotion in his voice, received the Colours saying:
>Your Colours are the records of valorous deeds in war, and of the glorious traditions thereby created. You are called upon to part with them today for reasons beyond your control and resistance. By you and your predecessors these Colours have been reverenced and guarded as a sacred trust – which trust you now confide in me. As your King I am proud to accept this trust. But I fully realise with what grief you relinquish these dearly-prized emblems; and I pledge my word that within these ancient and historic walls your Colours will be treasured, honoured, and protected as hallowed memorials of the glorious deeds of brave and loyal regiments.
Here’s a recolor of the photo if anyone’s interested.
Almost exactly two years after there had been a mutiny in the Connaught Rangers over British Army atrocities during the War of Independence.