In June, 1880, the Army bonnet made its first collective appearance. The women cadets of that year all wore this newly designed headgear at the silver wedding of William and Catherine Booth. Originally the bonnet was intended to protect its wearer both from the weather and any missile thrown by some angry opponent. Hence its strictly utilitarian design in contrast to its more decorative appearance nowadays. But what was first intended as a protection has now become a passport, for there are few places into which the wearer of an Army bonnet cannot venture on the Master's service.