The Princess of Wales' Own Rifles Helmet Plate; 14th Regiment
The Princess of Wales' Own Rifles Helmet Plate; 14th Regiment - 78 mm x 92.5 mm, patinated, in extremely fine condition. Footnote: The Regiment was created in 1863 as the 14th Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada from the amalgamation of Kingston, Ontario's seven independent rifle companies. Shortly after the wedding of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) to Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the Regiment asked for and was given permission to become The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment. During the Fenian Raid of 1866, when the Irish extremists attempted to bring Britain to her knees by attacking Canada, the Regiment was called to active duty, both to Niagara and later to Cornwall. In 1885, during the Riel Rebellion, the PWOR was again activated, but not for field service in the West, as it had hoped. It was destined for garrison duties at Tete-du-Pont Barracks (now Fort Frontenac) and Fort Henry.