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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.”



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...

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