|The Royal Lancers|
(Queen Elizabeths' Own)
|Active||2 May 2015 – Current|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ – Prince William of Gloucester Barracks|
Regiment – Catterick
|Nickname(s)||The Death or Glory Boys|
|Motto(s)||Death or Glory|
|Colonel-in-Chief||HM The Queen|
|Colonel Richard Charrington|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
|Arm Badge||Lances and Prince of Wales's feathers|
from 9th/12th Royal Lancers
The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths' Own) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. The regiment was formed by an amalgamation of 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) and the Queen's Royal Lancers on 2 May 2015. It serves as the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.
The regiment was formed by an amalgamation of 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) and The Queen's Royal Lancers on 2 May 2015. The amalgamation was announced in July 2012, and the regiment was formed with an amalgamation parade before the colonel-in-chief, The Queen, at Richmond Castle on 2 May 2015.
On 5 April 2017, to mark her 70th anniversary as colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers and its predecessors, The Queen granted the regiment the honorific suffix "Queen Elizabeths' Own", to recognise their service to Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
The regiment is an Armoured Cavalry Regiment, equipped with the CVR(T) family. This will be replaced by the Ajax (Scout SV) from 2019. It will consist of 3 Sabre Squadrons of 16 vehicles each and one Command and Support Squadron. These will be the Scimitar 2 vehicles and later the SCOUT SV.
The Royal Lancers forms part of the Royal Armoured Corps. It is based in Catterick as part of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the three Armoured Infantry Brigades of the 3rd Division.
Colonels of the Regiment
- 2015–2019: Brigadier Andrew Hughes CBE
- 2019–Present: Col Richard Charrington
Regimental Commanding Officers included:
- 2015–2017: Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Mudd
- 2017–2019: Lt Col Henry L. Searby
- 2019–2021: Lt Col Adam N. B. Foden
- 2021–Present: Lt Col Will J. R. Richmond
Order of precedence
The regiment retains order of precedence from the more senior antecedent regiment, the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's).
The Royal Lancers is now the last regiment in the British Army to retain the title of "lancers". It has directly or indirectly inherited the traditions of the six British lancer regiments that were in existence until a series of amalgamations began in 1922.
The Regimental Cap Badge is referred to as the 'Motto' and stands for 'Death or Glory'.
- Canada – Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
- Pakistan – 12th Frontier Force (Sam Browne's Cavalry)
- Royal Navy – HMS Prince of Wales
- Royal Air Force – No. 100 Squadron
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