1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry in training, 1914

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Cavalry on the Western Front

In the First World War, the cavalry could no longer deliver the decisive charges it had performed in the past. But it continued to carry out a variety of useful roles that contributed to British success.

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Cap badge, other ranks’, The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), c1902

The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)

Formed in 1681, this cavalry unit was Scotland's senior regiment. Its long and distinguished service continued until 1971, when it was merged into The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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Collar badge, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 1971

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

This is Scotland's senior regiment. Formed in 1971, it has served in several campaigns, including the recent conflict in Afghanistan. It currently operates in an armoured reconnaissance role.

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Cap badge, 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards), c1963

3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards)

This armoured unit was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1971, when it was merged into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks' cap badge, 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards, c1900

3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's)

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1685. It continued in British Army service until 1922, when it was merged into the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards).

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Cap badge, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers), c1902

6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)

This cavalry unit was raised in 1685. It had a long and distinguished service with the British Army until 1922, when it was merged into the 3rd Carabiniers (Princess of Wales's Dragoon Guards).

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The King’s Royal Hussars, 1993

The King's Royal Hussars

This armoured regiment was formed in 1992. Equipped with Challenger 2 main battle tanks, it has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Queen's Royal Hussars, c1993

The Queen's Royal Hussars

This is the British Army’s most senior armoured regiment. It was formed in 1993 and has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, Royal Armoured Corps, 1942

Royal Armoured Corps

Formed in 1939, this is the overall corps for the armoured units of the British Army. Equipped with tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, its formations have fought in many campaigns, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, 12th (Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers, c1902

12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1715. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1960, when it was merged into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s).

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Other ranks' cap badge, 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, c1902

9th Queen's Royal Lancers

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1715. It served in several campaigns until 1960, when it was merged into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s).

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Cap badge, 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s), c1960

9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

This armoured regiment was formed in 1960. It served with the British Army until 2015, when it was merged into The Royal Lancers.

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Officers' cap badge, 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers, c1980

16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers

This armoured regiment was formed in 1922 by merging two cavalry units. It fought in several campaigns until 1993, when it became part of The Queen’s Royal Lancers.

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Call in the Cavalry
Exhibition

25 October 2018 - 9 June 2019

FREE

Call in the Cavalry

From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars.

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