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the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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Pipes & The Ride
The headdress is a dark blue Glengarry with a red touri, complete with the RCMP cap badge
centred over the rosette patch on the left side.
The tunic is the RCMP scarlet serge tunic tailored to accommodate wearing of the kilt.
RCMP collar badges are worn on the black gorget patches at the collar and RCMP shoulder titles
are worn on black shoulder straps.
The waist belt is the RCMP ceremonial belt with gold buckle and RCMP badge.
The kilt uses the RCMP Tartan (below), 16 oz., military weight, and includes:
a white horsehair sporran with two black tassels, surmounted by a silver metal and/or black leather
cantle bearing an RCMP badge; dark blue hose, red flashes, white spats, black shoes or brogues,and;
a Skean Dhu may be worn at the discretion of the individual.
On less formal occasions:
The Pipe Band members white horse
hair Sporran with black tassels.
•Dark blue is the colour of the traditional breeches worn by Members and is also
evocative of the shabrack used by the Musical Ride.
• Scarlet is for the world renowned scarlet tunic;
• Yellow represents the cavalry stripes on the breeches of the ceremonial uniform, the
band on the hat and crown, as well as the gilt letters on the badge;
• Sienna Brown evokes the bison that is at the centrepiece of the badge and
symbolizes Canada's expansive western plains and the heartland of the RCMP;
• Forest Green epitomizes the maple leaf, a distinctly Canadian symbol;
• White is reminiscent of the lanyard of the ceremonial uniform, it also evokes the link
between the Force and Canada's First Nation Peoples for whom white has special spiritual
significance, symbolizing strength and endurance-traits embodied by the RCMP legacy
• Sky blue elicits both the background of the badge as well as the beret worn by
Members when acting as United Nations Peacekeepers.
The RCMP Drum Major baldric.
The Canadian Coat of Arms.
The current badge of The Force.
RCMP Battle honours.
An older version of the RCMP pennon
70mm X 23mm (left), carried on a bamboo lance by each Member on the
Below, an example of the currrent crimped pennon used on The Ride.
The Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a formal event showcasing the equestrian skills performed by thirty-two cavalry, consisting
of regular Members of the Force. Events are held across Canada and around the world to promote the RCMP. The first official Ride was held in 1887
in Regina, SK and commanded by NWMP Inspector George Matthews.
Appointment badge for
the Musical Ride, worn
on the right sleeve of
the Scarlet tunic.
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RCMP E Division Pipe Band Drum Sgt. Carol Fraser
Appointment patches worn
on the right sleeve above
any rank chevrons.
The gauntlets (below) worn by Members on the Ride,
fabricated by RCMP saddlers.
Stübben pattern saddle (left)
used from 1969 to present day.
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To commemorate the 125th anniversary of The Force, a tartan specific to the RCMP
was designed and approved. The rich colours of the Tartan are taken from the Force's
uniform and badge:
• the RCMP-issue short-sleeve shirt is worn in place of the scarlet tunic
• epaulette slides are worn, designating badges of appointment
• black leather belt and silver buckle worn in place of the ceremonial belt
• medal ribbons are to be worn in place of medals.
Bugler Charles Armstrong,
RCMP Pipe Band, Ottawa
with Cavalry Trumpet (above)
and bugle (left).