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, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, c1903

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

This cavalry regiment had an interrupted history. Raised in 1689, disbanded in 1799 and formed again in 1858, it served in several campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 16th/5th Lancers.

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Cap badge, 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers, c1900

16th (The Queen's) Lancers

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1759. It served in many British Army campaigns around the world until 1922, when it was merged into the 16th/5th Lancers.

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Badge, 17th/21st Lancers, 1980 (c)

17th/21st Lancers

This armoured regiment was raised in 1922. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1993, when it was merged into The Queen’s Royal Lancers.

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Cap badge, 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers, c1900

17th (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1759. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 17th/21st Lancers.

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Cap badge, 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers, c1917

21st (Empress of India's) Lancers

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1858 for the East India Company. It soon transferred to the British Army, fighting in several campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 17th/21st Lancers.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, c1900

4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1685. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge, 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards, c1900

7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1688. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards.

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Badge, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, c1968

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

This armoured regiment was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge of The Royal Dragoon Guards, c1992

The Royal Dragoon Guards

This cavalry unit was formed in 1992 and operates as an armoured reconnaissance force. It has served in several deployments, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Queen’s Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards), c1920

The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards)

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1685. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1959, when it was merged into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks' cap badge, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, c1904

1st King's Dragoon Guards

This unit was the senior line cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1685 and had a long and distinguished history until 1959, when it was merged into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, c1965

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

This unit is the senior regiment of the line in the British Army. It was formed in 1959 as an armoured reconnaissance regiment by merging two existing dragoon guards regiments.

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Her Majesty's Cavalry
Workshop

17 August 2019, 10.00am

FREE

Her Majesty's Cavalry

Meet the serving members of the Household Cavalry Regiment starring in the ITV show 'Her Majesty's Cavalry'.

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