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The Royal Lancers

The Royal Lancers are 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade’s Armoured Cavalry Regiment based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The Regiment currently forms the Lead Cavalry Battle Group, 12 Brigade’s reconnaissance battlegroup of choice. Our famous capbadge, represents our Regimental Motto, 'Death or Glory' and is one of the most recognisable in the British Army.

Recent operations

The Regiment was formed following the amalgamation on the 2nd of May 2015 of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) and the Queen’s Royal Lancers. Both of the antecedent regiments have recently returned from Op Herrick, with the 9th/12th being the last cavalry regiment in Afghanistan and the Queen’s Royal Lancers the last regiment to operate the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) in Afghanistan.

Viking in Afghanistan

Reconnaissance role

Reconnaissance soldiers are the eyes and ears of the Brigade. Trained to operate up to 50 kms in front of lead combat units, our soldiers are able to deliver up to date, accurate information and intelligence about the enemy.

The Recce soldier must be adaptable, enduring and be able to operate in all conditions. Tasks include scouting for information, clearing or denying routes, controlling fast jets and covert observation of enemy locations and movements.

Scimitar in Afghanistan

As a Brigade Reconnaissance Regiment the Royal Lancers conduct operations both mounted and on foot. Consequently our soldiers must be fit, tenacious, and have the ability to understand the bigger picture on the battlefield.

As part of a wider restructuring of the British Army, the Regiment has been selected to take on the newly conceived Armoured Cavalry role. As a result, we look forward to receiving the new Scout variant of armoured vehicle currently in development.

Dismounted patrol in Afghanistan


Outside work there are plenty of opportunities for sport and adventurous training. Each winter, we send teams away for bobsleigh, luge, snowboarding, alpine and Nordic skiing; recently achieving significant success at Army level competition. Other recent adventurous training includes multi-activity expeditions in South Africa, Canada and Scotland.


The essence of being a Royal Lancer is encompassed by our Regimental ethos:

‘All of one company’
‘Do as you ought, not as you want’
‘Think to the finish’

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