Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers

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Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn - Grenadiers
GRENADIERS Belgium Tenue Tradition.jpg
Ceremonial uniform with bearskins
Active June 27, 1992
Country  Belgium
Branch Land Component
Type Infantry
Role Mechanised infantry
Part of Medium Brigade
Garrison/HQ Leopoldsburg
Battle honours Veldtocht 1914 - 1918
Slag van Belgie 1940

The Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers is an infantry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. The regiment is a part of the Medium Brigade. This regiment is a Dutch speaking unit.



The 1st Rifles Regiment was formed on September 27, 1830 during the Belgian Revolution. They were equipped with carbines and received the title of Regiment of Carabiniers in 1850. On July 21, 1930, King Albert I decided that the regiment would bear the title of Regiment Carabiniers Prince Baudouin, in honour of his late brother (not to be confused with the king of the same name) who served within its ranks.

Grenadier Regiment[edit]

Monument to the 1,600 Belgian grenadiers killed in action during World War I

The Grenadier Regiment was founded on May 8, 1837 by King Leopold I. Originally designated as the Regiment of Grenadiers and Voltigeurs, it was created by bringing together the elite companies of each of the twelve regiments of line infantry then in existence. The new unit consisted of four battalions; two of grenadiers and two of voltigeurs. Renamed as the Elite Regiment a year later the unit finally received the designation of Grenadier Regiment by royal command on March 5, 1850.[1]

The new regiment was stationed in the Caserne Prince Albert, in Brussels near the Royal Palace. Today only the monument to the fallen Grenadiers remains of it. In the Hall of Grenadiers the memorabilia and the portraits of the Royal Officers are still kept.

Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers[edit]

As a result of cuts to the army after the Cold War, the Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn was amalgamated with the 1st Grenadier Regiment on June 27, 1992 in order to form the new Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers. The unit retained its role of mechanised infantry and was stationed in Leopoldsburg. They take part in missions abroad and still have important ceremonial duties.

Today there are approximately 600 Grenadiers of whom 6 are women.

Royal officers[edit]

The Duke of Brabant as Grenadier wearing a bearskin.

Historically, the regiment had the distinction of having members of the royal family and nobility within its ranks, including:

Today Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria is officer of the Second Regiment of Grenadiers.

Battle honours[edit]

The following honours are displayed on the regiment's standard, they are embroided in gold on the Belgian Colours. The current Standard was presented to the Regiment by HM King Albert II in 1994:

  • Campaign 1914-1918
  • Antwerpen
  • Ijzer
  • Tervaete
  • Steenstraete
  • Westrozebeke
  • Passendale
  • Rumbeke
  • Battle of Belgium 1940

Ceremonial Duties[edit]

The Grenadiers perform annually as Guard of Honour at:

  • Annual Service for Prince Baudouin, Church of Laeken
  • Annual Service at the Royal Palace, presentation of the Kings Colours, 15 November
  • 11 November

The grenadiers were also involved in:

  • Guard of Honour at the Royal Palace, Wedding of the Duke of Brabant 1999
  • State Funeral of Prince Boudouin, Cpt of the Carabiniers
  • State Funeral of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Astrid
  • State Funeral of King Leopold III
  • Solemn and royal Funeral of Queen Fabiola (2014)


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1st Regiment of Grenadiers


  1. ^ Guy Derie, page 35, Les Soldats de Leopold Ier et Leopold II, D 1986/0197/03