Dark (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
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.
Red — 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.
Brown — 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.
Green — 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 in Canada.
Blue — 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