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Tactical recognition flash, King Olav's Company, Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment), 1991 (c)

Rectangular green woven patch with Norwegian crown in red and yellow above a monogram for King Olav V of Norway (1903-1991), a 'V' within an 'O' in yellow and black, above the Roman numeral, 'XIX' in white and the title, 'King Olavs Company' on a white scroll.

In 1942, during World War Two (1939-1945,) Queen Alexandra's son-in-law King Haakon VII of Norway became the Green Howards' Colonel-in-chief. His successors to the Norwegian throne, King Olav V and King Harald V, continued this family tradition.

Each year the companies of the Green Howards would compete in sport and military skills tests, the winning company would then be named after the Commander-in-Chief and would be eligible to wear this badge. This tradition was continued by King Olav's son, King Harald until the regiment was disbanded in 2006.

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NAM. 2018-07-24-50


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National Army Museum, Study collection

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