Proud day: Regimental sergeant major Gavin Lee at the Bermuda Regiment Headquarters in Warwick shows newspaper clippings from the first Presentation of Colours in 1965 as well as the booklets from all three historical events.
Proud day: Regimental sergeant major Gavin Lee at the Bermuda Regiment Headquarters in Warwick shows newspaper clippings from the first Presentation of Colours in 1965 as well as the booklets from all three historical events.
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A flagship event on the Bermuda Regiment’s calendar takes place this month as her Highness The Duchess of Gloucester ­visits the island for the ­Presentation of Colours.

The event takes place just once every 25 years and ­involves the official Queen’s flag and Regiment flag being replaced with much pomp and pageantry.

During her visit, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, formerly Birgette Eva van Deurs Henriksen  will ­undertake many activities but her primary role, in her ­capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Bermuda ­Regiment, is to present the colours.

The ceremony will take place at the ­National Sports ­Centre from 10:30am on Saturday, November 13.

Regimental ­sergeant ­major Gavin Lee said: “This is also our 45th ­anniversary but the Presentation of Colours is on the top of any Regiment’s ­calendar of events. It’s a significant date as it is a ­renewal — it is the Regiment getting a brand new set of colours. This is the event that one would look forward to on a ceremonial calendar but it is the epitome of anyone’s regiment. It signifies the Bermuda ­Regiment.”

The term “colours” ­derives from many coloured flags and banners that have been used for ­rallying points for soldiers in battle.

The Queen’s colour is a union flag with Bermuda Regiment emblazoned in the centre and a Queen’s crown. The Regimental flag has a navy blue background, Bermuda Regiment emblazoned in the centre as well as a laurel leaf and thistles, the crossed cannon barrels and, again, the Queen’s crown.

The Bermuda Regiment has had three Presentation of Colour ceremonies in its 45-year history, the first of which on November 24, 1965 when the regiment was formed. The second was November 2, 1990 and now it will be on November 13, 2010.

After the presentation warrant officers and sergeants will enjoy the Colours Ball.

The Presentation of Colours is open to the public for free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive on or before 10:30am. The official arrival of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Gloucester is 11am but everyone must be seated ­before the event.

At 11am the Duchess will arrive at the National Stadium where the Guard of ­Honour of the Bermuda Regiment will already be present. At the culmination of a 21-gun salute, the Duchess will receive a Royal Salute. She will inspect the guards of the Bermuda Regiment and then there will be a trooping of the old colours — this will be the last official duty of the ­retiring colours. They will be presented to the ensigns of the old colour party and marched through the ranks of the Guard of Honour. They will be given a salute and will then be slow marched through the frontage of the parade and lowered as they pass the dais they will continue to be marched off parade as their last official duty. The new colours will be consecrated by the Bishop of Bermuda, The Right Reverend Dr. Patrick White, Anglican Diocese of Bermuda. The colours will be presented by the Duchess of Gloucester. Once the presentation is over the regiment will march past in a similar fashion as they do at the Queen’s Birthday Parade. They will advance in ­review order and give a Royal Salute for the departure of the Duchess. The whole event should take an hour. That night the celebration continues on a regimental level.

The colours will be ­temporarily housed at the Maritime Museum at ­Commissioner’s Point for a period not exceeding two years and then they will be laid up at Warwick Camp.

During her visit to Bermuda, from November 11 to 14, Her Royal Highness, will be involved in the community during several activities including planting a symbolic tree at ­Government House, conversing with Bermuda’s Under 14 footballers and ­local sporting legend Clyde Best, touring Warwick Camp, visiting with members of St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, attending a reception at Commissioner’s House, Dockyard and a visit on Sunday morning to King’s Square, St.George’s. 

The Presentation of Colours:
n Where: The National Sports Centre
n When: Saturday, November 13
n Time: 10:30am
n Admission: Free
The Presentation of Colours:
- Where: The National Sports Centre
- When: Saturday, November 13
- Time: 10:30am
- Admission: Free