Queen's Royal Lancers

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Queen's Royal Lancers
17th Lancers badge.jpg
Cap badge (motto) of the Queen's Royal Lancers
Active 25 June 1993-2 May 2015
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Line Cavalry
Role Formation Reconnaissance
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ RHQ - Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham
Regiment - Catterick
Nickname(s) The Death or Glory Boys
Motto Death or Glory
March Quick - Stable Jacket
Slow - Omdurman
Engagements Battle of the Boyne
War of the Spanish Succession
American Revolution
Napoleonic Wars
Crimean War
*Battle of Balaclava
Indian Mutiny
Mahdist War
South Africa
World War I
World War II
Iraqi War
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major-General Patrick Marriott CB CBE
Tactical Recognition Flash QRL TRF.svg
Abbreviation QRL

The Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1993 and amalgamated with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) on 2 May 2015 to form the Royal Lancers.


Queen's Royal Lancers providing security for Operation Eagle's Summit

The regiment was formed in 1993 by the amalgamation of the 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers with the 17th/21st Lancers.[1]

From its formation, the regiment served in the armoured role with first Challenger 1, then Challenger 2. However, in 2005, as part of the re-organisation of the army, the regiment started converting to the formation reconnaissance role, re-equipping with the Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle.[1]

As part of the Army 2020 reforms intended to reduce the size of the British Army in line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review, it was announced that the 9th/12th Royal Lancers would amalgamate with the Queen's Royal Lancers to form a single regiment, the Royal Lancers, on 2 May 2015.[2]


The regiment was organised into four squadrons, each of which perpetuates one of the antecedent regiments: the 16th Lancer Squadron, the 17th Lancer Squadron, the 21st Lancer Squadron and the 5th Lancer Squadron.[1]


The regiment's nickname, the 'Death or Glory Boys', came from their cap badge and was known as "the motto".[3] This was the combined cap badges of the two antecedent regiments, and features a pair of crossed lances, from the 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers, together with a skull and crossbones, below which is a ribbon containing the words 'Or Glory'. This comes from the 17th/21st Lancers, and was the cap badge of the 17th Lancers (the original 'Death or Glory Boys').[1]

Battle honours[edit]

The battle honours are:
16th/5th battle honours[4]

Combined honours before amalgamation of 16th and 5th Lancers:

  • First World War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Pursuit to Mons

After amalgamation of 16th and 5th Lancers:

  • Second World War: Kasserine, Fondouk, Kairouan, Bordj, Djebel Kournine, Tunis, Gromballa, Bou Ficha, North Africa 1942-43, Cassino II, Liri Valley, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Argenta Gap, Traghetto, Italy 1944-45
  • Wadi al Batin, Gulf 1991

17th/21st battle honours[5]

Combined honours before amalgamation of 17th and 21st Lancers:

  • Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Central India, South Africa 1879, Khartoum, South Africa 1900-02
  • First World War: Festubert, Somme 1916 '18, Morval, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18, N.W. Frontier India 1915 '16

After amalgamation of 17th and 21st Lancers:

  • Second World War: Tebourba Gap, Bou Arada, Kasserine, Thala, Fondouk, El Kourzia, Tunis, Hammam Lif, North Africa 1942-43, Cassino II, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Advance to Florence, Argenta Gap, Fossa Cembalina, Italy 1944-45

Queen's Royal Lancers

After amalgamation of 16th/5th Lancers and the 17th/21st Lancers into the Queens' Royal Lancers:

  • Al Basrah, Iraq 2003[6]


Affiliated Yeomanry[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Queen's Royal Lancers: History". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Amalgamation". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Queen's Royal Lancers Gift Shop". QRL Motto (Cap badge of The Queen's Royal Lancers). 
  4. ^ "16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers". Regiments.org. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "17th/21st Lancers". Regiments.org. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Battle Honour Awards (Operation Telic)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 10 November 2005. col. 21WS–22WS. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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