16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers

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16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
Active 1922-1993
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Line Cavalry
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Colonel-in-Chief The Queen

The 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. Its lineage is now carried on by the Queen's Royal Lancers.


It was formed at Lucknow in India in 1922 as 16th/5th Lancers by the amalgamation of two regiments, 16th The Queen's Lancers and 5th Royal Irish Lancers.

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.[1] 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 battle tank regiment. It operated in the Gulf War as part of 1st Armoured Division.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Queen Elizabeth II at the Banquet and Ball of the 16th/5th Royal Lancers Regiment". Daily Telegraph. 
Preceded by
16th The Queen's Lancers
5th Royal Irish Lancers
16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
Succeeded by
The Queen's Royal Lancers