The Six Nations Rugby Tournament became a highlight of the HAC calendar on Sunday 10th February when the Regiment's Band and Corps of Drums led the England team through crowds outside Twickenham and then onto the pitch for their 44-8 triumph over France.
As is to be expected from our musicians, their performance throughout the day was impeccable and roused the crowd, and the nation watching, into song.
To add to the occasion, HAC member Drum Major Jack Barker (who is currently in post as Drum Major Household Division with the Grenadier Guards) was in State Ceremonial dress, possibly the first time this has happened for the HAC. The dress consists of the gold state coat, a silk sash fastened with a regimental brooch, white spatterdashes and a distinctive blue velvel jockey cap. Originating from the reign of King Charles II, this state livery has remained largely unchanged since the beginning of the 19th century.
It is always a great pleasure to see our Active Unit at work. You can view the March into the stadium via the England Rugby Facebook page.