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(s) 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:

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]


Regimental Colonels[edit]

Colonels of the regiment were: [7]

  • 1993–1995: Maj-Gen. Alastair Wesley Dennis, CB, OBE (ex 16/5 Lancers}
  • 1995–2001: Lt-Gen. Sir Richard Swinburn, KCB
  • 2001–2015: Brig. William James Hurrell, CBE

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. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "17th/21st Lancers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. 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. 
  7. ^ "The Queen's Royal Lancers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

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