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Regiments and Corps

The Colours of the Welsh Guards being paraded at Horse Guards, 2015

The Colours of the Welsh Guards being paraded at Horse Guards, 2015
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The regimental system

The regiment or corps is the key administrative component of the British Army. Each has its own long history, traditions and insignia. To its soldiers, the regiment is a military family that provides comradeship and a unique identity.

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Cap badge, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), 1914

The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding)

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 2006, when it merged with The Green Howards and The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire to form The Yorkshire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, 76th Regiment of Foot, c1874

76th Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1787. It continued in British Army service until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 33rd (The Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment of Foot to form The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding).

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Glengarry badge, 33rd (The Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, c1874

33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was formed in 1702. It served in many British Army campaigns until the 1881 reforms, when it merged with the 76th Regiment of Foot to form The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding) in 1881.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own), c1898

The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1958, it merged with The West Yorkshire Regiment to form The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

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Cap badge, The Devonshire Regiment, c1917

The Devonshire Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1958, it was amalgamated with the Dorset Regiment to form the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 14th (The Buckinghamshire) (The Prince of Wales’s Own) Regiment of Foot, 1874-81

The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s Own)

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1958, it merged with The East Yorkshire Regiment to form The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

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Bearskin badge, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), c1900s

Regimental badges

Soldiers’ headwear has always featured some form of insignia demonstrating regimental identity. Here we take a look at some common features of these badge designs, investigating the origins and meaning behind their words and symbols.

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Cap badge, The Royal Welsh Regiment, 2019

The Royal Welsh

This infantry regiment was formed in 2006 by merging the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Since then, it has served on several deployments including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Cap badge, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, c1980

The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1970 and continued in British Army service until 2006 when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), c1940

The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1970, when it amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

47th (The Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1741. It served in many campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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Glengarry badge, other ranks’, 81st (Royal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot, c1874

81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers)

This line infantry regiment was raised in 1793 and continued in British Army service until 1881 when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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