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The Corps of Marines titled the Royal Marines by King George III

Updated: Apr 30

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines


Location: Great Britain


Period/ Conflict: 1800's


Year: 1802


Date/s: 29th April 1802


In 1802, largely at the instigation of Admiral John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, they were titled the Royal Marines by King George III.

King George III by Sir William Beechey [National Portrait Gallery]
His Majesty has been graciously pleased to signify his commands that, in consideration of the very meritorious services of the Marines during the late war, the Corps shall in future be styled the Royal Marines.

The order signifying the creation of the Royal Marines was immediately sent to all Divisions:


Royal Marines Serjeant of 1802 wearing a round hat

The Earl St. Vincent having signified to my Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty, that his Majesty, in order to mark his Royal approbation of the very meritorious conduct of the Corps of Marines during the late war, has been, graciously pleased to direct that the Corps shall in future be styled the Royal Marines.


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