Semi-anonymous British Army guardsmen during Trooping the Colour
With the ceremonial hat being worn throughout the year and in all weathers, the MOD decided it could not take the man-made fabric forward (Picture: Lois GoBe/Alamy).
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Poll: Should the UK military wear bearskins?

The Ministry of Defence recently stated it has "no plans" to take a man-made fabric replacement forward.

Semi-anonymous British Army guardsmen during Trooping the Colour
With the ceremonial hat being worn throughout the year and in all weathers, the MOD decided it could not take the man-made fabric forward (Picture: Lois GoBe/Alamy).

The Ministry of Defence revealed that the British Army will continue to wear bearskin hats after testing found a man-made fabric replacement, proposed by animal rights charity PETA, "didn't meet the standards required".

PETA, a prominent opponent to the use of the bearskin, has campaigned relentlessly for the wearing of authentic bearskin caps by British Army regiments to end.

However, the man-made alternative only met "one of the five requirements to be considered as a viable alternative" and showed "unacceptable rates of water-shedding".

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