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The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The Lions Of England

We are the Infantry Regiment of the North West of England. We have 2 Regular battalions and 1 Reserve battalion.




1 July 2006






Light Infantry

our skills

We specailise in dismounted close combat, always ready to deploy anywhere in the world to counter threats to our national security.

• Dismounted close combat

• Proving stabilisation, aid and assistance overseas

• Peacekeeping

• Home defence

• Able to work in complex terrains and climates

• Globally deployable at short notice

1 LANCS is the Regional Standby Battalion, with soldiers held at very high readiness and prepared to deploy anywhere in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

• Op SHADER - training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Iraq

• Op TOSCA - United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus

Our People

Our soldiers are officially called Kingsmen. We are amongst the very best in the Army. We are tough, courageous and loyal with a great sense of humour.  Fierce in spirit, we are the Lions of England.

Lt Col Rob Singleton, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion.
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Maj Steve Caldwell, OC Chindit Company, 2nd Battalion.
Lt Peter Coates, 2IC Blenheim Company, 2nd Battalion.

Regimental Headquarters


We are based in Fulwood Barracks, Preston, which has a long association with the Regiment. Fulwood Barracks has, throughout its history, been the main focus of military activity in Lancashire, and has often had wider regional responsibilities. Today it houses the Army's regional headquarters and is the main focus of military activity in the North West.



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Our Role

We are the heart of the Army. Whether war fighting or peace keeping, at home or away, our Kingsmen outwit, outfight and outlast our adversaries.

We deploy rapidly anywhere in the world and provide reconnaissance and ground manoeuvre using the latest equipment.

Through the years

Our 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. We recruit from the Mersey to Scotland, the Pennines to the Isle of Man.

  1. 1680

    The 4th, or King’s Own Regiment of Foot, was raised by King Charles II.

  2. 1 July 1881

    Our 12 Regiments were formally linked by name to their recruiting areas in the North West.

  3. 1914-18

    We raised 176 battalions in World War 1, earning 124 battle honours,  43 VCs and 1 GC.

  4. 1939-1945

    We raised 67 battalions in World War 2, earning 108 battle honours, 2 VCs and 1 GC.

  5. On 1 July 2006

    The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, The King’s Regiment, and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, together with 23 respective companies of The Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers and The King’s and Cheshire Regiment, merged to form The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border).

  6. 2013

    Both our battalions, supported by our Reserve battalion, served in Afghanistan.

Our Locations

Explore our equipment

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Heavy Machine Gun

12.7mm The powerful L1A1 12.7mm (.50) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 Fifty-cal.

Small arms and support weapons

Grenade Machine Gun

Mounted The GMG is usually mounted on WMIK Land Rovers but can also be used from ground-based tripods.

Small arms and support weapons

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment