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The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

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Troops on patrol in Basra, October 2003


The regiment was established in 1970 as a single-battalion unit by merging The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) and The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

Between 1970 and 1976, the regiment rotated between service in Germany with the British Army of the Rhine and deployments to Northern Ireland, with four tours to the latter during ‘The Troubles’.

From 1976 to 1978, it briefly returned to England, undertaking another tour to Northern Ireland from August to December 1977. 

Cap badge, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, c1980

On patrol in Belfast, 1973


In 1978, the regiment began two years’ peacekeeping duties in Cyprus. From 1980 to 1983, it was back in Britain, including another five months in Northern Ireland.

In 1982, a company of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment also undertook garrison duties in the Falklands in the immediate aftermath of the war there.

The regiment returned to Cyprus for a year in 1983 as United Nations peacekeepers. Next, in 1984, it spent six years at Paderborn in Germany, moving from there to Northern Ireland for a four-month deployment in 1987.

Between 1990 and 2001, it was sent on three further deployments to Northern Ireland. In 1994, it became the last British battalion to leave Berlin. Two years later, it was sent on peacekeeping duties to Bosnia for four months.

The regiment took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, remaining there for six months before returning to Cyprus the following year.

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 Queen's Lancashire Regiment by visiting Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston.

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