For her design, Mrs. Holmes – who is now in her 80’s and is very much involved in a new passion, marathon running – worked for the RCMP as a matron and in other functions. The colours she chose were green and deep blue as the predominant ground colours for the tartan, mixed with accents of scarlet, yellow, sienna brown, forest green, white, and sky blue, woven into a distinctly attractive design that was carefully chosen to honour the history, heritage and culture of the RCMP.
After the process of designing the tartan, a sample was presented to the RCMP by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne on June 25, 1998, during a fourday visit to New Brunswick. The Princess presented the official Certificate of Accreditation from the Scottish Tartans Society having been registered at Pitlochry, Scotland.
Established in 1873 as a paramilitary organization, the RCMP's rich tradition and history are reflected in various traditional objects, such as the guidon, tipstaff, stetson and eagle staff.
And now, for 20 years, a tartan fitting for the force's national program of community pipes & drums bands that benefit Canadian communities and support the RCMP on formal and ceremonial occasions.
Asked how he feels about wearing the RCMP tartan, National band Pipe Major Graeme Ogilvie says “All our members take extreme pride and privilege in the opportunity to wear the iconic red serge of the RCMP and its particularly distinctive tartan. It is a very special honour to represent the Force and Canada both domestically and abroad. The RCMP tartan is truly Canadian, and we have been very blessed to showcase the tartan in such diverse settings as Windsor Castle for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, at UN Headquarters in New York City, in Merida Mexico for a Mayan Cultural Festival, in the Netherlands for the 70th anniversary of the liberation, and of course, at important local events like the Glengarry Highland Games.”
THE RCMP CREST ON ITS TARTAN
KIRKIN ‘ O’ THE TARTAN: There’s a number of Glengarry Highland Games supporters who don’t consider the Games to be concluded until the annual Kirkin ‘O’ the Tartan, which takes place at St. Columba’s Church on Laggan Road in Kirk Hill the Sunday after...