• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Regiments and Corps

The Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment

The presentation of colours to 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Buffs, Royal Kent Regiment, 23 June 1962


This short-lived regiment was formed in March 1961 by merging the two county regiments of Kent, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) and The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Its first and only colonel was Queen Elizabeth II’s aunt, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. She had held the same post for the West Kent Regiment.

Just four months after its formation, the unit deployed to Kenya during its run-up to independence. It returned to Britain in January 1962, where it was presented with its first set of Colours by King Frederick IX of Denmark, who it had inherited as colonel-in-chief from The Buffs.

The regiment’s remaining two overseas postings each lasted six months, to Hong Kong in December 1965, and to Borneo in June 1966 during the Indonesian Confrontation (1963-66).


Since its formation, it had been one of the four regiments in the Home Counties Brigade, alongside The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own).

In 1966, these four regiments merged to form The Queen’s Regiment. The Queen’s Own Buffs became the new unit’s 2nd Battalion until battalion subtitles were dropped in 1968.

Badge, Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment, 1961 

The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of The Queen's Own Buffs by visiting the regimental museum in Maidstone.

Find out more

Explore further

Join the conversation

"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."