Royal Hussars

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Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own)
Active 1969-1992
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Line Cavalry
Commanders
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Princess Royal

The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1969 to 1992.

History[edit]

It was formed by the amalgamation of the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own), and 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) on 25 October 1969.

It mostly served in Germany, as a heavy armoured regiment of the British Army of the Rhine, with several tours to Northern Ireland. One squadron was stationed with the Berlin Brigade in 1979, and occasional detachments travelled overseas to the US, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. In 1983, whilst with the 7th Armoured Brigade, the regiment became the first unit to be equipped with the Challenger 1 main battle tank.

The Recce Tp was in Belize 3/89-9/89. B Sqn was based at Harman Lines, Warminster as the RAC Demonstration Sqn at the School of Infantry. C Sqn was the UKMF Armd Sqn with 14 Chieftains. However the regimental history states "The Regiment as a whole came under command of HQ United Kingdom Mobile Force and in August 1989 and February 1990, took part in two major exercises, Crimson Rambler 1 and 11, on Salisbury Plain."[1]

In 1992, the regiment was amalgamated with the 14th/20th King's Hussars to form The King's Royal Hussars.

Uniform and Colours[edit]

The regiment is known for wearing the crimson trousers that were Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg's family colour. Prince Albert was escorted from Dover to London by the 11th Hussars prior to his marriage to Queen Victoria. He was subsequently appointed Colonel (in-chief) of the 11th Hussars (hence the crimson trousers).

Notable members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Remember with Advantages: A History of the 10th, 11th, & Royal Hussars 1945-1992 by Henry Keown-Boyd. Leo Cooper, London 1994, 203, via [1]

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