The uniforms of the British Army currently exist in twelve categories ranging from ceremonial uniforms to combat dress with full dress uniform and frock coats listed in addition. Full dress presents the most differentiation between units, and there are fewer regimental distinctions between ceremonial dress, service dress, barrack dress and combat dress, though a level of regimental distinction runs throughout. Senior officers, of full colonel rank and above, do not wear a regimental uniform except when serving in the honorary position of a Colonel of the Regiment ; rather, they wear their own 'staff uniform' which includes a coloured cap band and matching gorget patches in several orders of dress. As a rule, the same basic design and colour of uniform is worn by all ranks of the same regiment albeit often with increased embellishment for higher ranks. There are several significant uniform differences between infantry and cavalry regiments; furthermore, several features of cavalry uniform were and are extended to those corps and regiments deemed for historical reasons to have 'mounted status' namely: the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Air Corps, Royal Logistic Corps and Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Full dress is the most elaborate and traditional order worn by the British Army.
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He came to public attention in the mids after he disclosed an affair with Diana, Princess of Wales , while she was still married to the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom , Prince Charles. His mother, Shirley, was daughter of a London dental surgeon who lived in Devon. On 1 March , he was retired from the British Army after 17 years' military service. Hewitt opened a golf driving range in He also appeared in the first episode of the UK Top Gear in Series 8 in May of the same year to participate with other celebrities in setting power lap times around the Top Gear Test Track in the show's newest "reasonably priced car": when the presenters seemingly did not recognise him upon his arrival, they were apparently too embarrassed to admit as much, and rather than ask him his name, they listed his lap time as "Well Spoken Man". Hewitt's affair with the princess began while he was still in the Household Cavalry and had been asked to give her riding lessons. News of the relationship leaked quickly and within months British newspapers published accounts of the romance, first hinted at in Nigel Dempster 's Daily Mail Diary and then with a full story in the News of the World.
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But what ranks are there in the British Army and how are they denoted? Officers are at the top of the hierarchy. Their ranks indicate that they hold positions of authority, granted through a commission - a formal document of appointment signed by the monarch.
As of [update] , the British Army comprises 80, regular full-time personnel and 30, reserve personnel. The modern British Army traces back to , with an antecedent in the English Army that was created during the Restoration in The British Army, composed primarily of cavalry and infantry, was originally one of two Regular Forces within the British military those parts of the British Armed Forces tasked with land warfare, as opposed to the naval forces ,  with the other having been the Ordnance Military Corps made up of the Royal Artillery , Royal Engineers , and the Royal Sappers and Miners of the Board of Ordnance , which along with the originally civilian Commissariat Department , stores and supply departments, as well as barracks and other departments were absorbed into the British Army when the Board of Ordnance was abolished in various other civilian departments of the board were absorbed into the War Office. Britain's victories in these decisive wars allowed it to influence world events and establish itself as one of the world's leading military and economic powers.