The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. The regiment was formed by an amalgamation of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) on 2 May 2015. It serves as the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade.
A Royal Lancers soldier participating in the Omdurman Shield, a tough annual military skills competition.
The regiment was formed by an amalgamation of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) 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 HM The Queen at Richmond Castle on 2 May 2015.
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.
Royal Lancers on patrol
The Regimental Cap Badge is referred to as the ‘Motto’ and stands for ‘Death or Glory’.
On 5 April 2017, to mark her 70th Anniversary as Colonel in Chief of The Royal Lancers and its predecessors, The Queen has granted the Regiment the honorific suffix “Queen Elizabeths’ Own”, to recognise their service to HM and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
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