(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
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
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
— 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 international