Royal Marines

Tiger Skins Worn By Royal Marine Bands To Be Replaced

Real tiger skin pelts worn by Royal Marine drummers are to be replaced by synthetic fur.

Real tiger skin pelts worn by Royal Marine drummers are to be replaced by synthetic fur.

The skins are traditionally worn by the Bass Drummers of the Band Service of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

There is one Bass Drummer per band and there are currently five Royal Marine bands.

Traditionally, the Royal Marines' tenor drummers also wear leopard skins (Picture: The Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines).

The tradition of wearing big cats skin whilst on parade is a tradition which dates back to the 18th century.

A spokesperson for the MOD has said:

"Tiger skins worn by Bass Drummers in the Royal Marines Band Service are taken from animals which have died of natural causes, and are never the product of hunting.

"The remaining skins are being replaced by synthetic versions as and when required."

Reports also suggest that the use of real fur is holding military bands back from being popular amongst millennials.