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The Loyal Toast

Posted by Tony T on Sat, Jun 02 2018 at 11:02 AM CDT:

This is the fact as to why today the PWRR Officers, Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess have the privilege to remain seated when toasting the Sovereign.
Note: The custom comes from The Royal Sussex Regiment.

The Loyal Toast and other toasts made at the dining table are drunk seated. This is because of the Regiment’s naval heritage – if one stood up, then one’s head would hit the roof of the deck above! The Loyal Toast is also drunk individually in rotation. This custom comes from The Royal Sussex Regiment. The origin of the custom of drinking the Loyal Toast individually was believed to date from the earliest days of the 35th Regiment, although its roots went deeper into the religious and political upheavals of the late Seventeenth Century. The Earl of Donegal, first Colonel of the 35th, seems to have required all his Officers to drink the Toast individually so as to be certain of their loyalty, an understandable action given the uncertain loyalty of English Regiments in 1688- 1690. It was probably kept on throughout the Eighteenth Century because of continued fears of Jacobitism, for it is a clear demonstration of individual loyalty to the Protestant Monarchy.

TT


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