Royal Marines Traditions

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The British Royal Marines were formally established as part of the Royal Navy in 1755. The mission of the Royal Marines is to serve as the amphibious land-fighting element of the British Royal Navy.

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The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot was the first naval infantry unit of the British military. This 1,200-men regiment from 1664 is considered the origin of the Royal Marines.


The Royal Marines flag colours are blue for the Royal Navy, red for the British Army, green for light infantry and yellow, or old gold, for the Duke of York.

Regimental Quick March

The official regimental quick march of the Royal Marines is "A Life on the Ocean Wave," but the official slow march is the "Preobrajensy."

London March

The Royal Marines are one of only six British regiments allowed to march through London in full dress. This dates back to the regiments that King Charles II allowed to march and recruit throughout London in 1664.


The Royal Marines traditionally wore yellow uniforms, and the Royal Marine Artillery wore blue uniforms, garnering the nickname Blue Marines.

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