Stable belt

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A stable belt is an item of uniform used in the armed forces of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

Originally, stable belts were worn by cavalrymen in the working dress they used for cleaning the stables and tending to their horses, but in the 1950s they spread to all branches of the armed forces, adding a splash of colour and individuality to the drab khaki working uniforms. Initially they were resisted by many senior officers, who saw them as too individualistic, but they soon became accepted throughout the forces.

A stable belt is a wide webbing belt, usually a single solid colour or horizontally striped in two or more different colours. It is worn around the waist, either in the belt loops of trousers or a skirt or over a jersey. The original cavalry stable belts buckled at the side to avoid chafing the soldier's stomach as he bent down during stable work, but many stable belts are now clipped at the front, usually behind a metal belt plate. A large number of units, however, continue to use the traditional method of securing the belt using two leather straps and metal buckles at the left-hand side.

Today, every regiment and corps of the British Army has its own stable belt, often very colourful. The Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force also have their own. They are worn with most styles of informal dress, but not with formal (No.2 or No.1) dress. Stable belts are purchased by individual service personnel, not issued, so are theoretically neither regulation nor compulsory, but since virtually everyone does own one they are effectively uniform items.

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Current British stable belts

Note that these belts are shown in cross section, the stripes actually being horizontal as worn, and are actually considerably wider than shown, although the stripes are shown in correct proportion. Where belts are asymmetrical, the left-hand side of the illustration is the uppermost as worn.

Cavalry/Armour

 
Household Cavalry 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
     
 
 
 
Royal Dragoon Guards Queen's Royal Hussars 9th/12th Royal Lancers
 
                           
 
 
King's Royal Hussars The Light Dragoons Queen's Royal Lancers
     
     
                                                               
 
Royal Tank Regiment Royal Yeomanry Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry
     
 
 
 
Royal Wessex Yeomanry Queen's Own Yeomanry
 
         

Infantry

Scottish infantry regiments are not shown, as their stable belts are in the regimental tartan.

 
Foot Guards Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment King's Own Royal Border Regiment
     
     
         
 
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers King's Regiment Royal Anglian Regiment
     
               
                                                         
 
Devonshire and Dorset Regiment The Light Infantry Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
                             
 
                         
 
Green Howards Cheshire Regiment Royal Welch Fusiliers
 
     
   
 
Royal Regiment of Wales Royal Irish Regiment Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
                                               
                                   
                                                       
 
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment Queen's Lancashire Regiment Duke of Wellington's Regiment
     
 
         
 
Staffordshire Regiment Royal Green Jackets The Parachute Regiment
 
 
 
 
Royal Gurkha Rifles Special Air Service
                                           
 

Corps

 
Royal Horse Artillery Royal Artillery Royal Engineers
                 
                     
               
 
Royal Corps of Signals Army Air Corps Intelligence Corps
                     
     
                                   
 
Royal Army Chaplains' Department Royal Logistic Corps Royal Army Medical Corps
     
                         
     
 
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Royal Military Police Adjutant General's Corps
                             
 
     
 
Royal Army Veterinary Corps Small Arms School Corps Royal Army Dental Corps
                 
                 
                 
 
Army Physical Training Corps Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
                                                                                       
                                 

Cadet and training units

 
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst University of London Officers Training Corps Oxford University Officers Training Corps
           
                                 
 
 
Army Section, Combined Cadet Force Army Cadet Force
                               
                                 

Former Territorial Army regiments still existing as sub-units

 
Middlesex Yeomanry Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
                                                               
           

Other services

 
Royal Navy Royal Marines Royal Air Force
 
                                           
                                 

Obsolete British stable belts

Cavalry/Armour

 
Queen's Royal Irish Hussars 14th/20th King's Hussars 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
                   
     
     
 
17th/21st Lancers
                                                                 

Infantry

 
Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Queen's Regiment Gloucestershire Regiment
                   
 
                                       
 
Royal Hampshire Regiment Northamptonshire Regiment Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment
                                                     
     
                 
 
King's Shropshire Light Infantry Durham Light Infantry Rifle Brigade
                                 
                                       
     
 
Mercian Volunteers
 

Corps

 
Adjutant General's Corps (First Pattern) Army Catering Corps Army Fire Service
                 
                                         
                       
 
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Royal Army Pay Corps Royal Corps of Transport
                                             
                                                     
                                             
 
Royal Pioneer Corps Women's Royal Army Corps
                           
     

External links

Stable Belts (http://www.stablebelts.co.uk/)

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