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)
|Active||2 May 2015 – Current|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ – Prince William of Gloucester Barracks|
Regiment – Catterick
|Nickname(s)||The Death or Glory Boys|
|Motto(s)||Death or Glory|
|Colonel Richard Charrington|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
|Arm Badge||Lances and Prince of Wales's feathers|
from 9th/12th Royal Lancers
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.
The regiment is an Armoured Cavalry Regiment, equipped with the CVR(T) family, mainly the FV107 Scimitar. This was intended to be replaced by the Ajax (Scout SV) from 2019; however, after considerable delays, British Army trials of the Ajax were paused in the summer of 2021 due to excessive vibration. The Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle is also currently used.
The regiment consists of three Sabre Squadrons of sixteen vehicles each and one Command and Support Squadron. The Royal Lancers forms part of the Royal Armoured Corps. It is based in Catterick as part of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the three Armoured Infantry Brigades of the 3rd Division.
Colonels of the RegimentEdit
- 2015–2019: Brigadier Andrew Hughes CBE
- 2019–Present: Col Richard Charrington
Regimental Commanding Officers included:
- 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).
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.
The Regimental Cap Badge is referred to as the 'Motto' and stands for 'Death or Glory'.
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