The Regiment is the proud inheritor of a history extending back to the very earliest beginnings of the British Army.
The examples of valour, adherence to duty and fortitude continue to inspire the current officers and soldiers of the modern Regiment, who are proud to belong to the oldest and most senior English Regiment of the Line.
The Regiment's forebears are the great line regiments of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Hampshire, which have expanded and contracted in an ever-changing political climate.
The names of these regiments have changed over the centuries but have included The Queen's Royal Regiment (2nd Foot), The Buffs (3rd Foot), The East Surrey Regiment (31st and 70th Foot), The Royal Sussex Regiment (35th and 107th Foot), The Hampshire Regiment (37th and 67th Foot), The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (50th and 97th Foot) and The Middlesex Regiment (57th and 77th Foot), The Royal Hampshire Regiment (formed 1946 from The Hampshire Regiment) and the Queen’s Regiment (formed 1966 from The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, The Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment).
The Regiment has been represented in virtually every campaign of the British Army and provided a significant contribution to many famous battles, including Blenheim, Quebec, Minden, Albuhera, Sobraon, Sevastopol, Gallipoli, Ypres, Kohima and Salerno.
In more recent years, the Regiment has helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion and was represented in the campaigns in Korea, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden, Borneo, Northern Ireland, Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The inherited traditions of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, which include the reputation for courage, endurance, determination, loyalty and good humour, are second to none.