Royal Lancers

The Royal Lancers
Active 2 May 2015 -
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Line cavalry
Role Armoured Cavalry
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ RHQ – Unknown
Regiment Catterick
Motto(s) Death or Glory
March Quick: Wellington
Slow: Coburg
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Tactical Recognition Flash
Arm Badge Prince of Wales's feathers
from 9th/12th Royal Lancers
Abbreviation RL

The Royal Lancers 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.[1] 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.[2]

Operational role

The regiment is an Armoured Cavalry Regiment,[3] equipped with the CVR(T) family. This will be replaced by the Scout Specialist Vehicle from 2015.[4] 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.[5]

The Royal Lancers forms part of the Royal Armoured Corps.[5] It is based in Catterick as part of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the three Armoured Infantry Brigades of the 3rd Division.[6]

Royal Lancers on patrol

The Regimental Cap Badge is referred to as the ‘Motto’ and stands for ‘Death or Glory’.[7]

Order of precedence

The regiment retains order of precedence from the more senior antecedent regiment, the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's).

Preceded by
The Queen's Royal Hussars
(The Queen's Own and Royal Irish)
Cavalry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
King's Royal Hussars


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.

1881 Childers Reforms 1922 Amalgamations 1990 Options for Change 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review - today
16th (The Queen's) Lancers 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers Queen's Royal Lancers Royal Lancers
5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
17th (Duke Of Cambridge's Own) Lancers 17th/21st Lancers
21st (Empress of India's) Lancers
9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
12th (Prince Of Wales's Royal) Lancers



  1. Short, J. H. T. (5 July 2012). "Notice of Regimental Amalgamation – 5th July 2012". 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) Charitable Association. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. "Queen and Duke of York visit Richmond for amalgamation parade". Northern Echo. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. "Regular Army Basing Matrix" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. "Scout: new eyes and ears on the battlefield". Ministry of Defence. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Transforming the British Army" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. "Regular Army Basing Plan" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. "The Royal Lancers". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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