16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
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|16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers|
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The Princess Elizabeth became Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment in 1947, and after her accession to the throne it was retitled 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers in 1954. In 1993, as part of the reduction in forces after the end of the Cold War, it amalgamated with the 17th/21st Lancers to form The Queen's Royal Lancers.
Deployed to the UK from 1926 to 1936, the regiment was in India when the Second World War broke out. It returned to the UK in 1940, becoming part of British 26th Armoured Brigade in British 6th Armoured Division. With this formation, the regiment fought in North Africa in 1942–3, then in Italy through 1944 and 1945, seeing some action as dismounted infantry in the latter period. At the end of the war, the regiment had penetrated as far as Austria, and took on occupation duties there.
The regiment spent the Cold War mostly deployed in Germany, with tours in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Aden and Hong Kong. During this time it was mostly operating as a reconnaissance unit. It operated in the Gulf War as part of 1st Armoured Division.
- "Queen Elizabeth II at the Banquet and Ball of the 16th/5th Royal Lancers Regiment". Daily Telegraph.
- 16th/5th Queens Royal Lancers at regiments.org[dead link]
- History of the 16th/5th Lancers[dead link]
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