A man’s military uniform as worn by a Group Captain in the RAF. It is not possible to date this uniform precisely as the uniform has not changed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The uniform is a blue grey worsted barathea – yarn/wool. This is a material that is hardwearing and comfortable to wear for long periods of time as they are tailored to fit. It has RAF Staybrite buttons so that these are always shiny and do not require polishing. The buttons bear the Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown. The suit is worn with a Wedgewood blue shirt, a tie, black shoes and hat. Badges for service are generally sewn on. The stripes on each sleeve show this uniform is for the rank of Group Captain.
Even in hot weather it is not permitted to remove the jacket to stay cool. Even though the uniform is hardwearing sometimes they do need to be replaced but the cost is met by the individual.
The Service Dress No.1 is worn on formal occasions for example at Investitures at Buckingham Palace.