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9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s)

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The 9th/12th Lancers (Prince of Wales’) lined up on parade, Bergen-Hohne, 1981

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’) lined up on parade, Bergen-Hohne, 1981


This regiment was formed in September 1960 by amalgamating the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s), both of which dated back to 1715.

The new unit served in Aden in 1962-63 in an armoured car role, and at Osnabruck in Germany from 1963 with the British Army of the Rhine. It returned home in 1969 to become the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Training Regiment.

In 1971, it returned to Germany, but now as a fully armoured regiment equipped with tanks. Then, in 1972-73, a squadron of the regiment undertook the first of several tours of Northern Ireland.

Cap badge, 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s), c1960

Saladin armoured car used by the 9th/12th Lancers in the 1960s

Further deployments

In 1977, a squadron of the regiment was permanently attached to the British Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus. Other squadrons went on to serve with the United Nations on the island in the 1980s.

It was converted into an armoured reconnaissance unit in 1979. Over the following years, it regularly returned to Germany. 

In 1991, ‘D’ Squadron was sent to the Gulf War (1990-91) as reinforcements. And, the following year, ‘B’ Squadron went to Bosnia on peacekeeping operations.

A Scimitar CVR(T) light reconnaissance tank in Afghanistan, 2011

Recent years

The regiment returned home in 1994 to serve as the RAC Centre Regiment. From December 1998, it spent six months in Bosnia, before returning to Germany.

In 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2008 squadrons from the 9th/12th fought in Iraq (2003-14), equipped with Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) vehicles. Several squadrons also served in Afghanistan (2001-14) in 2011.


In May 2015, the regiment amalgamated with The Queen's Royal Lancers to form The Royal Lancers.

Regimental museums

The National Army Museum works with a network of Regimental and Corps Museums across the UK to help preserve and share the history and traditions of the Army and its soldiers.

Discover more about the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) by visiting the Royal Lancers Museum, based at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

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