Sun Helmets on Parade in the 21st Century

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment took over from the Coldstream Guards at the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace this past April - the second time only that the regiment has performed such duties

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment took over from the Coldstream Guards at the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace this past April – the second time only that the regiment has performed such duties

While most military planners today know that the ballistic materials provide better protection, the sun helmet still has its place “in the sun,” at least as a dress or ceremonial form of headgear.

The Honor Guard of the island nation of Tonga

The Honor Guard of the island nation of Tonga

The Thai Royal Guards on Parade in Bangkok.

The Thai Royal Guards on Parade in Bangkok.

Another view of the Thai Royal Guard.

Another view of the Thai Royal Guard.

The Ambassador of Japan arrives at a state function in the Philippines

The Ambassador of Japan arrives at a state function in the Philippines

The New Zealand Ambassador arrives at a state function in the Philippines

The New Zealand Ambassador arrives at a state function in the Philippines

Royal Marines on parade

Royal Marines on parade

Another view of the Royal Marines with their white sun helmets

Another view of the Royal Marines with their white sun helmets

The Royal Marines bandsman in sun helmets

The Royal Marines bandsman in sun helmets

 Peter Suciu

 

2 thoughts on “Sun Helmets on Parade in the 21st Century

    1. Stuart BatesStuart Bates

      These helmets went by a variety of names including Solar Topees, Sola Topis, Egyptian Pattern, India Pattern as well as the official designations of Colonial Pattern, Wolseley Pattern, Pith Hat, Khaki Solar Pith Hat.

      Regards,

      Stuart

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