The Queen’s Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army formed in 1966 through the amalgamation of the four regiments of the Home Counties Brigade. In turn, the regiment became part of Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in a further amalgamation with the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1992.
The regiment was formed as a ‘large regiment’ on 31 December 1966 by the amalgamation of the four remaining regiments of the Home Counties Brigade as a consequence of the Defence Review of 1957. The four regiments formed four battalions, retaining their previous names in the titles. These were:
1st Battalion (Queen’s Surreys) – formerly the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment (2nd, 31st & 70th Regiments of Foot).
2nd Battalion (Queen’s Own Buffs) – formerly Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment (3rd, 50th & 97th Regiments of Foot).
3rd Battalion (Royal Sussex) – formerly the Royal Sussex Regiment (35th & 107th Regiments of Foot).
4th Battalion (Middlesex) – formerly the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) (57th & 77th Regiments of Foot).
Four further battalions of Territorial troops were formed in the following decades:
5th (Volunteer) Battalion, a TAVR II (Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve) unit, formed in 1967 to be employed for use with NATO forces in West Germany during tense times in the Cold War. The following year, on 1 July, the battalions discarded their previous regimental identification when the subtitles were omitted.
6th (Volunteer) and 7th (Volunteer) Battalions were formed in 1971 with headquarters at Wandsworth and Horsham respectively. On 1 April 1975 these two battalions combined to form the 6th/7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen’s Regiment.
8th (Volunteer) Battalion, Queen’s Fusiliers (City of London) were formed on 16 May 1988 as a composite battalion composed of the Queen’s Regiment and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. A & B Companies were badged as Queen’s Regiment, C Company as RRF, and HQ Company was a mixture. Shoulder titles for all companies read Queen’s Fusiliers. In 1992, the London Scottish and London Irish Rifles were removed from 1st Battalion, 51st Highland Regiment and 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers and became companies of 8QF. In 1993 8QF was retitled the London Regiment with the disbandment of the existing A (Middlesex) Company.
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