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The Royal Lancers

The Royal Lancers are 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade’s Armoured Cavalry Regiment based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Our famous cap-badge, represents our Regimental Motto, 'Death or Glory' and is one of the most recognisable in the British Army.

Who are we

The Regiment was formed following the amalgamation of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) and The Queen’s Royal Lancers on the 2nd May 2015. Both of these regiments have recent and extensive operational experience, most recently with the 9th/12th Lancers 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.
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The Armoured Cavalry Regiment

Armoured Cavalry soldiers are the frontline reconnaissance soldiers of the Brigade. Trained to operate ahead of lead combat units, and prepared to deploy early into combat, our soldiers are able to deliver up to date, accurate information and intelligence about the enemy in order to shape the commanders decision making process.
The Armoured Cavalry soldier must be independent of judgement, robust, resourceful, determined and an expert in mounted and dismounted close combat. As a result our soldiers must be fit, tenacious, and have the ability to understand the bigger picture on the battlefield. A Royal Lancer is trained to be able to operate and maintain a wide variety of vehicles, weapons and communication systems, understand his commander’s intent and above all be able to think independently to achieve his aim.
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, regularly achieving significant success at Army-level competition. Other recent adventurous training includes multi-activity expeditions in South Africa, Canada and Scotland. Football, rugby and cricket are popular sports, but there are many more activities to choose from, and representation at Army and Inter-services level is often achieved.


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’

Royal Lancers Amalgamation Day 2nd May 2015

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