Queen's Own Yeomanry
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|Queen's Own Yeomanry|
Cap Badge of The Queen's Own Yeomanry
|Active||1 April 1971 - Present|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ - Newcastle
A Squadron - Ayr & Motherwell
B Squadron - Belfast
C Squadron - Cupar & Forfar
D Squadron - Newcastle & Sunderland
Y Squadron - York & Hull
|Colors||Prussian Blue & Cavalry Gold|
|March||D'ye Ken John Peel|
|Royal Honorary Colonel||General HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM AK QSO ADC|
|Honorary Colonel||Major General The Duke of Westminster KG CB OBE TD CD DL|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
The Queen's Own Yeomanry (QOY) is an armoured regiment of the British Territorial Army. The Queen's Own Yeomanry is the only Yeomanry regiment that serves in the formation reconnaissance role, equipped with the CVR(T) family of armoured reconnaissance vehicles, including Scimitar and Spartan.
On mobilisation, it provides squadrons to reinforce the regular formation reconnaissance regiments. It has provided personnel to both Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan and Operation TELIC in Iraq, who have served with their regular counterparts in the Royal Armoured Corps and other arms and services.
- 1 Organisation
- 2 History
- 3 Future
- 4 Order of precedence
- 5 Guidon
- 6 Armoured Vehicles
- 7 Uniform
- 8 Alliances
- 9 External links
- 10 References
It is part of the Royal Armoured Corps and consists of five squadrons:
- A (Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick's Own) Yeomanry) Squadron
- B (North Irish Horse) Squadron
- C (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse) Squadron
- D (Northumberland Hussars) Squadron--to be an HQ Squadron under Army 2020.
- Y (Yorkshire Yeomanry) Squadron
The Queens Own Yeomanry was initially formed on 1 April 1971 as the 2nd Armoured Car Regiment from five of the yeomanry units across the North and Middle of England and South West Scotland.
With the Strategic Defence Review in 1999 the geographical locations of the QOY changed to encompass East Scotland and Northern Ireland and remains as such now.
Under the Army 2020 and creation of the Army Reserves, A, B and C squadron will transfer to the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry. D Squadron will re-role as an HQ Squadron. It will gain two squadrons (C and D Squadrons) from the RMLY. D Squadron from the RMLY will be renamed as B (Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry) Squadron. Y (Yorkshire Yeomanry) Squadron will be renamed as A (Yorkshire Yeomanry) Squadron. The unit will be paired with the Light Dragoons and use the RWMIK Land Rover
Order of precedence
For the purposes of parading, the Regiments of the British Army are listed according to an order of precedence. This is the order in which the various corps of the army parade, from right to left, with the unit at the extreme right being the most senior.
& Lancastrian Yeomanry
Order of Precedence
of Artillery (Volunteers)
The Guidon, which is awarded by The Queen, is a flag of crimson silk damask embroidered and fringed with gold with the Regimental Battle Honours emblazoned upon it and the Regimental emblem embroidered in the centre.
On 22 September 2007 HRH Prince Charles, in his capacity as Royal Honorary Colonel of The Queen's Own Yeomanry, presented a new Guidon to the Regiment in an hour long ceremony in the grounds of Alnwick Castle. This is the first Guidon the QOY has received since its formation. Before the Parade each of the five Squadrons had their own Guidons representing them and their antecedent Regiments. The old Guidons of the five Squadrons were marched off parade for the last time during the Alnwick Castle ceremony.
Initially equipped with Ferret, Saladin and later CVR(W) Fox armoured cars and CVR(T) armoured personnel carriers.
This changed in 1992 when Fox was withdrawn and they became equipped with the CVR(T) Sabre. This vehicle was created from the body of the Scorpion, and the turret of the Fox. This combination combined a 30 mm Rarden Cannon with the tracks.
In late 2013, with the phasing out of CVR(T) across the British Army, the regiment was re-equipped with the Land Rover Defender-based RWMIK, a light armoured vehicle, equipped with the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and the Browning .50 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG), as well as individual BOWMAN digital battlefield communications systems and specialisec surveillance optics, including thermal imaging.
The whole Regiment wears a variation of the running fox cap badge of the old East Riding Yeomanry. However, each of the Squadrons wears their own collar badges and buttons.
Stable Belt and Shoulder Flash
The Regimental Stable Belt or shoulder flashes are worn to show a soldier or officer is serving with the QOY in various forms of dress. The colour of both is Prussian blue with two horizontal stripes of cavalry gold (yellow):
Role Affiliated Regiments
- British Army - Household Cavalry Regiment, The Life Guards
- British Army - Household Cavalry Regiment, The Blues & Royals
- British Army - 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
- British Army - 9th/12th Royal Lancers
- British Army - The Light Dragoons
- British Army - The Queen's Royal Lancers
Other Affiliated Regiments & Units
- British Army - The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
- British Army - The Royal Dragoon Guards
- British Army - The Queen's Royal Hussars
- British Army - 655 Squadron (The Scottish Horse) Army Air Corps
Overseas & Other Arms and Services
- Australia - 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
- Canada - 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's Own)
- Royal Navy - HMS Westminster
Affiliated Livery Company
- Viewing Page 7545 of Issue 55908
- Viewing Page 6866 of Issue 58690
- http://www.serfca.org/Portals/0/Images/f/SUMMARY%20OF%20A2020%20RESERVE%20STRUCTURE%20AND%20BASING%20CHANGES.pdf pages 1 and 2