Royal Lancers

The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths' Own) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. The regiment was formed by an amalgamation of 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) and the Queen's Royal Lancers on 2 May 2015. It serves as the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.

The Royal Lancers
(Queen Elizabeths' Own)
Royal Lancers capbadge.png
Royal Lancers cap badge
Active2 May 2015 – Current
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchBritish Army
TypeLight cavalry
RoleClose-quarters combat
Cold-weather warfare
Desert warfare
Forward observer
Maneuver warfare
Urban warfare
SizeOne regiment
Part ofRoyal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQRHQ – Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Regiment – Catterick
Nickname(s)The Death or Glory Boys
Motto(s)Death or Glory
MarchQuick: Wellington
Slow: Coburg
Colonel of
the Regiment
Colonel Richard Charrington[1]
Tactical Recognition FlashRoyal Lancers TRF.svg
Arm BadgeLances and Prince of Wales's feathers
from 9th/12th Royal Lancers


Royal Lancers at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in June 2022.

It appears that the regimental amalgamation of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) and the The Queen's Royal Lancers was envisaged as part of Army 2020.[2]

The amalgamation was announced in July 2012, and the regiment was formed with an amalgamation parade before the colonel-in-chief, The Queen, at Richmond Castle on 2 May 2015.[3][4]

On 5 April 2017, to mark her 70th anniversary as colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers and its predecessors, The Queen granted the regiment the honorific suffix "Queen Elizabeths' Own", to recognise their service to Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.[5]

Operational roleEdit

The regiment is an Armoured Cavalry Regiment,[6] equipped with the CVR(T) family, mainly the FV107 Scimitar.[7] This was intended to be replaced by the Ajax (Scout SV) from 2019;[8] however, after considerable delays, British Army trials of the Ajax were paused in the summer of 2021 due to excessive vibration.[9] The Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle is also currently used.[7]

The regiment consists of three Sabre Squadrons of sixteen vehicles each and one Command and Support Squadron.[10] The Royal Lancers forms part of the Royal Armoured Corps.[10] It is based in Catterick as part of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the three Armoured Infantry Brigades of the 3rd Division.[11]

Colonels of the RegimentEdit

  • 2015–2019: Brigadier Andrew Hughes CBE
  • 2019–Present: Col Richard Charrington

Commanding OfficersEdit

Regimental Commanding Officers included:[12]

  • 2015–2017: Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Mudd
  • 2017–2019: Lt Col Henry L. Searby
  • 2019–2021: Lt Col Adam N. B. Foden
  • 2021–Present: Lt Col Will J. R. Richmond

Order of precedenceEdit

The regiment retains order of precedence from the more senior antecedent regiment, the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's).

Preceded by Cavalry Order of Precedence Succeeded by


The Royal Lancers is now the last regiment in the British Army to retain the title of "lancers". It has directly or indirectly inherited the traditions of the six British lancer regiments that were in existence until a series of amalgamations began in 1922.

1881 Childers Reforms 1922 Amalgamations 1990 Options for Change 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review – today
16th (The Queen's) Lancers 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers Queen's Royal Lancers Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths' Own)
5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
17th (Duke Of Cambridge's Own) Lancers 17th/21st Lancers
21st (Empress of India's) Lancers
9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
12th (Prince Of Wales's Royal) Lancers


The Regimental Cap Badge is referred to as the 'Motto' and stands for 'Death or Glory'.[13]



  1. ^ "No. 62679". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2019. p. 10349.
  2. ^ Beale, Jonathan (5 July 2012). "Army to lose 17 units amid job cuts". BBC News. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Queen and Duke of York visit Richmond for amalgamation parade". Northern Echo. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ Short, J. H. T. (5 July 2012). "Notice of Regimental Amalgamation – 5th July 2012". 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) Charitable Association. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Royal Lancers renamed by Queen at Windsor Castle ceremony". BBC. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Regular Army Basing Matrix" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 21 September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Who we are: The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth's Own)". British Army. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Scout: new eyes and ears on the battlefield". Ministry of Defence. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Ajax Fighting Vehicle Trials Paused As 'Precautionary Measure'". British Forces Broadcasting Service. 1 June 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Transforming the British Army" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Regular Army Basing Plan" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  12. ^ Regiments and Commanding Officers, 1960–.
  13. ^ "The Royal Lancers". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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