Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

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Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Cap Badge of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Active 23 April 1968-Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Line Infantry
Role 1st Battalion - Armoured Infantry
2nd Battalion - Light Infantry
5th Battalion - Army Reserve
Size Three battalions
Part of Queen's Division
Garrison/HQ RHQ - London
1st Battalion - Tidworth
2nd Battalion - Dhekelia, Cyprus
5th Battalion - Durham
Nickname The Shiners
The Old and the Bold
Lord Wellington's Bodyguards
Motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (French) "Evil to him who evil thinks"
Colors Gosling green flag with Ancient badges St George Killing the Dragon centered, motto in scroll Quo Fata Vocant, united rose surmounted by crown in three corners, V with Union in canton
March Quick - The British Grenadiers
Slow - Rule Britannia
Mascot Indian Blackbuck (Bobby)
Anniversaries St. George's Day (23 April), Minden (1 August)
Colonel in Chief HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO
Colonel of
the Regiment
Brigadier Trevor J Minter, OBE DL
Tactical Recognition Flash RRF TRF.svg
Hackle Red over White
From Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Abbreviation RRF

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Queen's Division.

The regiment was formed on 23 April 1968, as part of the reforms of the army that saw the creation of the fourth 'large infantry regiments', by the amalgamation of the four English fusilier regiments.

The RRF serves as the county regiment of the following counties:


"The British Grenadiers", the official Regimental Quick March of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, performed by the United States Army Band Strings ensemble

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The RRF march in Rochdale

On 23 April 1968 the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was formed from the four English fusilier regiments. Each of these regiments were steeped in history and traditions which have been retained by the regiment today.

On formation, the regiment consisted of four regular battalions, one volunteer battalion covering the four regimental areas and the depot. Due to a series of Government Defence Reviews, 'Options for Change' and the recent 'Strategic Defence Review' the regiment now comprises two regular battalions and a number of Army Reserve companies located in the four regimental areas. The 2nd Battalion is due to be disbanded as part of the Army 2020 defence review.[1][2][3]

The Regular battalions are:

  • 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  • 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

As one of the existing large infantry regiments, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is unaffected by the reforms of the infantry that were announced in December 2004 although the regiment received a reserve battalion, the 5th Battalion RRF, through the redesignation of Tyne-Tees Regiment, on 1 April 2006. As of 1 February 2007, with the formation of The Rifles, the 5th Battalion RRF consists of two Fusilier companies, designated X Company and Z Company, and one Rifles company - D (Rifles) Company which is a redesignation of C (Durham Light Infantry) Company. D (Rifles) Company also now includes Y (Rifles) Platoon which is a redesignation of Minden (Light Infantry) Company from the East and West Riding Regiment. The 'D' and 'Y' designations were chosen to help continue the Rifles' county links to both Durham and Yorkshire.

There is also a RRF Capbadged Company, (C) Company London Regiment (LONDONS) Based In Balham with a Platoon (13) Based in Holyhedge House, Blackheath London

From 2009, the regular battalions will remain in fixed locations. The 1st Battalion will be stationed at Tidworth, with the 2nd Battalion serving in London. The 2nd Bn will rotate this posting with a resident posting to Cyprus with two other light infantry battalions.

Under Army 2020, there will only be the 1st Battalion in the regular army and it will re-roled as an armoured infantry battalion under 1st Armoured Brigade.[4]


The RRF has been regularly deployed to Northern Ireland, Cyprus and the Middle East. The 1st Battalion unit is currently serving in Afghanistan for Operation Herrick XVIII.


The regiment's mascot is an Indian Blackbuck Antelope. It is a tradition inherited from the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers. The current mascot's name is Bobby and he holds the rank of Corporal. Bobby attends all major parades held by the regiment.[5]


As a fusilier regiment, the RRF wears a hackle, which in this case is the hackle of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, red over white. This distinction was originally a white plume which His Majesty's Fifth Regiment of Foot had taken from the head dress of fallen French troops at St. Lucia in December 1778. The Fifth Regiment of Foot became His Majesty's Fifth (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot with the county affiliations of 1782. In 1829 King George IV ordered the white plume to be worn by all infantry regiments, and in order not to take away from the Fifth (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot's battle honour, their plume was distinguished by being made red over white. This came from the legend that the men of the Fifth (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot having dipped the white plumes in the blood of the French at St. Lucia. The Fifth (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot did not become the Fifth Regiment of Foot (Northumberland Fusiliers) until 1836, later in 1881 they became The (Fifth) Northumberland Fusiliers and finally in 1935 The (Fifth) Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.

Battle honours[edit]

  • Combined battle honours of The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) and The Lancashire Fusiliers, plus:
  • Wadi al Batin, Gulf 1991, Al Basrah, Iraq 2003

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Infantry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
The Royal Anglian Regiment


The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers
The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
The Lancashire Fusiliers


See also[edit]

Media related to Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ Kiley, Sam. "Army Loses 17 Major Units In Defence Cuts". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Army at war over axing of battalions". Daily Telegraph. 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Threat to Royal Regiment of Fusiliers meets united front". The Journal. 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ page 7
  5. ^ Ollington, Robin (2004). Bobby of the Fusiliers: The Story of Our Famous Regimental Mascot and Its Service and Adventures with Us for Over Two Hundred Years. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. ISBN 9780954862909. 

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