Collar badge for Mess Dress of Officers of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, being a St. Edward's (Queen's) crown in gold wire and coloured silk embroidery, the crown linking the tips of a wreath of gold wire embroidered bay leaves, all on a padded cream backing cut to shape. Captioned: "Mess Dress" with below, with the adjacent badge: "Collar Badges / No Collar Badges Worn With No.1 Dress". Badge is glued to mounting card.
Box 4: Mounting card captioned: "1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Officers" on which 6 badges (10042-10047). Reverse with a green sealing wax seal of an oval on which MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / PATTERN ROOM, with across the centre, ARMY / OFFICERS. To the top left corner an oval stamp "Q (Maint) 2 / MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" across the centre "4 May 1970".
1st. The Queen's Dragoon Guards was formed on 1 January 1959 by the amalgamation of the two senior Line Cavalry regiments, 1st King's Dragoon Guards and the Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards). The cap badge is that of the former King's Dragoon Guards, being taken from the Arms of Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment from 1896 to the outbreak of WW1. The badge was not worn between 1915 and 1937, when it was re-adopted. The collar badge (not worn with No. 1 Dress), is a small version of the former Queen's Bays' cap badge. The wreath is of bay leaves, although usually described as laurel. Presumably this is a reference to the Regiment's title, "The Bays". This derived from a nickname applied to the Regiment in recognition of its use, from mid-eighteenth century, of bay horses. The name became common currency and in 1870 the name was incorporated into the official regimental title.