HC Deb 02 August 1905 vol 150 cc1330-1

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it can be arranged that during the existing hot weather lighter headgear than the regulation busbies be worn by the Guards on sentry and guard duty at the Royal palaces and Government offices.


Is it not the fact that the term busby has never yet been applied to the headdress of the Guards, and is the bearskin not much more useful in keeping out wet, cold, and heat than any other form of headdress?


I mean, of course, the picturesque but barbarous headdress that is at present worn by the Guards.


I had anticipated the indignant protest of my hon. and gallant friend. According to the Regulations, full dress, with full dress headdress, must be worn by Guards on Royal residences and in London. There is no other full dress headdress for the Brigade of Guards than the bearskin cap, and this is considered to afford perfect protection from the sun. It is not contemplated to make any change.