Queen's Royal Lancers
The Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1993 and amalgamated with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) on 2 May 2015 to form the Royal Lancers.
|Queen's Royal Lancers|
Cap badge (motto) of the Queen's Royal Lancers
|Active||25 June 1993–2 May 2015|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ - Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham|
Regiment - Catterick
|Nickname(s)||The Death or Glory Boys|
|Motto(s)||Death or Glory|
|March||Quick - Stable Jacket|
Slow - Omdurman
|Engagements||Battle of the Boyne|
War of the Spanish Succession
*Battle of Balaclava
World War I
World War II
War in Afghanistan
|None (regiment defunct)|
|Colonel-in-Chief||HM The Queen|
|Major-General Patrick Marriott|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
From its formation, the regiment served in the armoured role with first Challenger 1, then Challenger 2. However, in 2005, as part of the re-organisation of the army, the regiment started converting to the formation reconnaissance role, re-equipping with the Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle.
As part of the Army 2020 reforms intended to reduce the size of the British Army in line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review, it was announced that the 9th/12th Royal Lancers would amalgamate with the Queen's Royal Lancers to form a single regiment, the Royal Lancers, on 2 May 2015.
The regiment was organised into four squadrons, each of which perpetuates one of the antecedent regiments: the 16th Lancer Squadron, the 17th Lancer Squadron, the 21st Lancer Squadron and the 5th Lancer Squadron.
The regiment's nickname, the 'Death or Glory Boys', came from their cap badge and was known as "the motto". This was the combined cap badges of the two antecedent regiments, and features a pair of crossed lances, from the 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers, together with a skull and crossbones, below which is a ribbon containing the words 'Or Glory'. This comes from the 17th/21st Lancers, and was the cap badge of the 17th Lancers (the original 'Death or Glory Boys').
The battle honours are:
16th/5th battle honours
Combined honours before amalgamation of 16th and 5th Lancers:
- Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Beaumont, Willems, Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon, Suakin 1885, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Siege of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902
- First World War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Pursuit to Mons
After amalgamation of 16th and 5th Lancers:
- Second World War: Kasserine, Fondouk, Kairouan, Bordj, Djebel Kournine, Tunis, Gromballa, Bou Ficha, North Africa 1942-43, Cassino II, Liri Valley, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Argenta Gap, Traghetto, Italy 1944-45
- Wadi al Batin, Gulf 1991
17th/21st battle honours
Combined honours before amalgamation of 17th and 21st Lancers:
- Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Central India, South Africa 1879, Khartoum, South Africa 1900-02
- First World War: Festubert, Somme 1916 '18, Morval, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18, N.W. Frontier India 1915 '16
After amalgamation of 17th and 21st Lancers:
- Second World War: Tebourba Gap, Bou Arada, Kasserine, Thala, Fondouk, El Kourzia, Tunis, Hammam Lif, North Africa 1942-43, Cassino II, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Advance to Florence, Argenta Gap, Fossa Cembalina, Italy 1944-45
Queen's Royal Lancers
After amalgamation of 16th/5th Lancers and the 17th/21st Lancers into the Queens' Royal Lancers:
- Al Basrah, Iraq 2003
- Canada - Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
- Australia - 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers
- Royal Navy - HMS Ark Royal
- 1993–2015: HM Queen Elizabeth II
Colonels of the regiment were:
- "Queen's Royal Lancers: History". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Amalgamation". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Charge of the Light Brigade bugle stars at new museum". BBC. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
- "Queen's Royal Lancers Gift Shop". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008.
QRL Motto (Cap badge of The Queen's Royal Lancers).
- "16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "17th/21st Lancers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Battle Honour Awards (Operation Telic)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 10 November 2005. col. 21WS–22WS. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "The Queen's Royal Lancers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)