Queen's Own Yeomanry
|Queen's Own Yeomanry|
Cap Badge of The Queen's Own Yeomanry
|Active||1 April 1971 - Present|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||Regimental Headquarters and Command & Support Squadron - Fenham Barracks, Newcastle upon Tyne|
A Squadron - York
B squadron - Wigan
C Squadron - Chester
|Colours||Prussian Blue & Cavalry Gold|
|March||D'ye Ken John Peel|
|Royal Honorary Colonel||Field Marshal The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM AK QSO ADC|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
The Queens Own Yeomanry was initially formed on 1 April 1971 as the 2nd Armoured Car Regiment from five of the yeomanry units across the North and Middle of England and South West Scotland. During the Cold War The Queen's Own Yeomanry were a British Army of the Rhine Regiment with an Armoured Reconnaissance role in Germany. With the Strategic Defence Review in 1999 the geographical locations of the regiment changed to encompass East Scotland and Northern Ireland. Soldiers from the regiment have served both in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under Army 2020, three squadrons transferred to the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and it gained two squadrons from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry. The unit is paired with the Light Dragoons and uses the Land Rover RWMIK.
Order of precedenceEdit
For the purposes of parading, the Regiments of the British Army are listed according to an order of precedence. This is the order in which the various corps of the army parade, from right to left, with the unit at the extreme right being the most senior.
Royal Wessex Yeomanry
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Order of Precedence
Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry
The Guidon, which is awarded by The Queen, is a flag of crimson silk damask embroidered and fringed with gold with the Regimental Battle Honours emblazoned upon it and the Regimental emblem embroidered in the centre. On 22 September 2007 Prince Charles, in his capacity as Royal Honorary Colonel of The Queen's Own Yeomanry, presented a new Guidon to the Regiment in an hour-long ceremony in the grounds of Alnwick Castle. This is the first Guidon the QOY has received since its formation.
In late 2013, with the phasing out of CVR(T) across the British Army, the regiment was re-equipped with the Land Rover Defender-based RWMIK, a light armoured vehicle, equipped with the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and the Browning .50 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG), as well as individual BOWMAN digital battlefield communications systems and specialised surveillance optics, including thermal imaging.
The whole Regiment wears a variation of the running fox cap badge of the old East Riding Yeomanry. However, each of the Squadrons wears its own collar badges and buttons.
Stable Belt and Shoulder FlashEdit
The Regimental Stable Belt or shoulder flashes are worn to show a soldier or officer is serving with the QOY in various forms of dress. The colour of both is Prussian blue with two horizontal stripes of cavalry gold (yellow): 
The regiment has received the Freedom of several locations throughout its history; these include:
- 1971: Newcastle upon Tyne (Originally Granted to the Northumberland Hussars on 8 January 1969).
- 3 December 2009: York.
- 3 May 2014: South Ayrshire.
- 12 October 2019: On 12 October 2019, C (The Duke of Chester's Cheshire Hussars (Yeomanry)) Squadron was granted the freedom of the city of Chester following the 225th anniversary of the yeomanry and 80th anniversary of the Royal Armoured Corps. The squadron was last awarded the honour in 1996 and their bi-centenary in 1997.
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