(Navy) Blue — The dark blue is the theme or background
colour of the tartan. It is the
colour of the riding breeches traditionally worn by Mounties.
It is also characteristic
of the shabrack or saddle blanket used by the Force's Musical
Ride. The dark hue of this blue lends a subtle character
to the tartan overall, thus assuring the tartan complements
the RCMP scarlet tunic.
— This scarlet is unique to the RCMP. It is the colour of
the tunic for which the RCMP is renowned the world over. The scarlet
harks back to the first years of both the RCMP and Canada, when
scarlet was worn "in the service of Her Majesty", manifesting the
presence of the Monarchy throughout the British Empire.
— The yellow/gold represents the cavalry stripe of the RCMP's
distinctive ceremonial uniform. It also adorns the regular working
dress, on both the hatband and trousers, of the men and
women who serve Canada's public on a daily basis.
The gold is also taken from both the crown and gilt letters
of the Force's Crest. It is, in many ways, as distinctive to the
RCMP uniform as the scarlet itself.
— Sienna is taken from the buffalo which is the centrepiece
of the RCMP Crest. It is symbolic of the western
plains and the heartland of the RCMP.
— The green is that of the maple leaves which surmount the
buffalo and scroll on the Crest. The maple leaf, itself, is distinctively
Canadian. It symbolizes Canada as a country, and the dark green
of the tartan is there as a link to the land, the country, and
the people served by the RCMP from coast to coast.
— The fine white accent of the tartan is representative of
the lanyard worn as an accoutrement to the RCMP's ceremonial uniform.
It is also intended as the RCMP's link to First Nations
people. The colour has special spiritual significance, symbolizing
strength and endurance: traits which are the legacy of the RCMP
— The buffalo of the RCMP's Crest is set into a background
of sky blue. This same hue of blue is readily associated with the
"United Nations", and has special significance to the RCMP, given
its role in international peacekeeping.