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History

The regiment was formed on 1st July 2006, by the amalgamation of The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, The King’s Regiment, and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. The Regimental Headquarters are based at Fullwood Barracks, Preston, Lancashire.

Private soldiers inherited the rank of Kingsman from The King's Regiment. The cap badge is a Lancaster rose in a Fontenoy laurel surmounted by a crown. At the base is a scroll with the motto Nec Aspera Terrent (Difficulties be Damned).

The Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief is HM The Queen, who concurrently holds the title Duke of Lancaster. We recruit soldiers from the North-West, but also nationwide and the Commonwealth. We have a very strong history and proud tradition dating back to 1680 (4th of Foot).

We have earned the nickname and often reffered to as the ‘Lions of England’.

A more detailed history of the regiment can be downloaded from the right-hand side.

Regimental reference material

The regimental motto. ‘Nec Aspera Terrent’ was the motto of the Hanoverian Kings of England and it is loosely translated as ‘Difficulties be Damned’.

The Lion of England. King William III (William of Orange) conferred the unique honour on the 4th, or King’s Own, in 1688.

The White Horse of Hanover. In 1716 King George I rewarded the 8th of Foot by granting them the title of 'King’s' and gave his family emblem, the White Horse of Hanover, as their Regimental badge.

The Laurel Wreath. Awarded by the Duke of Cumberland after the battle of Fontenoy 1745 to the 34th Foot.

The Royal Cypher. The Royal Warrant of 1st July 1751 authorised the King’s Own to emblazon the centre of their Colours. The King’s were similarly authorised.

The Sphinx. Commemorates the 1801 campaign, the 8th, 30th, 40th and 96th Regiments were awarded the distinction of carrying a Sphinx.

The Plume of the Prince of Wales. Officially authorised in 1831 and incorporated in the badge of the South Lancashires.

The Chinese Dragon. A dragon device and the word ‘China’ on the Colours for the Battle of Chusan in 1841 to the 55th Foot.

The Badge of The Reconnaissance Corps. Awarded to 5th Loyals (18th Battalion The Recce Corps) with the date 1942 and a scroll inscribed ‘Malaya’..

The Glider. A badge of the ‘glider’ to be worn by all ranks in commemoration of the ‘Landing in Sicily’ in 1943 to The Border Regiment.

The Mailed Fist. A badge of the Royal Armoured Corps, awarded to the 5th King’s Own (107 Regt RAC) with year dates 1944-45 and scroll: 'North-West Europe'.

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