On Saturday November 12th, a team of 100 former Royal Marines
Commandos took part in a gruelling 26-mile marathon across Central London.
Along the route, the troops passed a number of influential landmarks including;
Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square. They also popped
into Downing Street to meet The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May and the First Sea Lord,
Admiral Mark Stanhope for a formal inspection.
The Royal Marines
The Corps of Her
Majesty's Royal Marines, commonly just referred to as the Royal Marines (RM), are the marine corps and
amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the
Naval Service. They are also the United Kingdom's specialists in amphibious warfare, including the operation of
landing craft; mountain warfare; and Arctic warfare. A core component of the country's Rapid Deployment Force,
the Corps's 3 Commando Brigade is capable of operating independently and is highly trained as a commando force.
It is trained to deploy quickly and fight in any terrain. The Royal Marines have one of the longest basic
infantry training courses in the world.
Traditions & Insignia
The Royal Marines have a proud history and unique traditions. Our colours (flags) do
not carry individual battle honours in the manner of the regiments of the British Army but rather the "globe
itself" as the symbol of the Corps.
The badge of the Royal Marines
is designed to commemorate the history of the Corps. The Lion and Crown denotes
a Royal regiment. King George III conferred this honour in 1802 "in
consideration of the very meritorious services of the Marines in the late
The "Great Globe itself" surrounded by laurels was chosen by King George IV as a symbol
of the Marines' successes in every quarter of the world. The laurels are believed to honour the
gallantry they displayed during the investment and capture of Belle Isle, off Lorient, in
The word "Gibraltar" refers to the Siege of Gibraltar in 1704. It was
awarded in 1827 by George IV as a special distinction for the services of four of the old Army
Marine regiments (Queen's Own Marines, 1st Marines, 2nd Marines, 3rd Marines). All other
honours gained by the Royal Marines are represented by the "Great Globe". As a consequence,
there are no battle honours displayed on the colours of the four battalion sized units in the
When referring to individual Commandos: 45 Commando is referred to as "four-five"
rather than "forty-five commando" as is 42 Commando "four-two" but 40 Commando is
The only units which carry colours are 40 Commando, 42 Commando, 45 Commando, and the
Fleet Protection Group (which is the custodian of the colours of 43 Commando).
The fouled anchor, incorporated into the emblem in 1747, is the badge of the Lord
High Admiral and shows that the Corps is part of the Naval Service.
Per Mare Per Terram ("By Sea, By Land"), the motto of the
Royal Marines, is believed to have been used for the first time in 1775.
The regimental quick march of the Corps is A Life on the Ocean
Wave, while the slow march
Dress headgear is a white Wolseley pattern
pith helmet surmounted by a ball, a distinction once standard for artillerymen. This derives
from the part of the Corps that was once the Royal Marines Artillery.
For those members of The Royal Marines that have completed and passed the
Commando Course at the CTCRM at Lympstone their everyday headgear is the Coveted Green
The Royal Marines are one of six regiments allowed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London to march
through the City as a regiment in full array.
A Royal Marine in a Rigid
Raider assault watercraft.