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.
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