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The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own)

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Captain Anani-Isaac (left), Lance Corporal Bonell (centre) and RQMS Hough (right) of The Royal Lancers, 2016


This regiment was formed as The Royal Lancers in 2015 by amalgamating the 9th/12th Royal Lancers and The Queen’s Royal Lancers. It serves in an armoured cavalry role, specialising in reconnaissance and using Scimitar and Panther vehicles to manoeuvre across the battlefield.

Both Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother had longstanding associations with the regiment's antecedent units. To recognise this, it was renamed The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) in 2017.

Beret badge, The Royal Lancers, c2019


Today, the regiment is part of 1st Deep Reconnaissance Strike Brigade Combat Team, a deep fighting formation created in July 2022 by merging the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade and the 1st Artillery Brigade. It is also part of the Royal Armoured Corps.

Since 2015, its soldiers have deployed on peacekeeping, training, mentoring and support operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Kenya, Poland, Ukraine and South Korea.

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 Royal Lancers by visiting The Royal Lancers Museum in Derby.

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