The Royal Standard presented to the 2nd Mid Bucks Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry on behalf of King William IV on 30 May 1831

Whilst infantry regiments bore Colours, cavalry carried Standards and Guidons. On behalf of the King, the Lord Lieutenant, the 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos presented the Standard to the 2nd Regiment, commanded by his son, the Marquess of Chandos. It is presumed the Standard was a recognition of the regiment’s role in aid of the civil power in the recent ‘Swing’ riots in the county, and its return to the official yeomanry establishment. In a widely reported speech, the Duke urged the yeomanry to avoid political discussion amid the continuing parliamentary reform crisis. As suggested by the radical Bucks Gazette, the yeomanry was usually regarded as an unthinking instrument of repression.

The Standard is of green silk with metallic fringes, and embroidered with the Royal Arms on one side, and the Swan and Regimental Motto, ‘Strike Home’ on the other. 550 x 550 mm.

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