WHO WE ARE

The Royal Welsh

GWELL ANGAU NA CHYWILYDD - DEATH RATHER THAN DISHONOUR

We are The Royal Welsh, loyal to our Royal Welsh family and proud of our history.
We live by our motto, Gwell Angau na Chywilydd: Death rather than Dishonour.
We are selfless in spirit, inspiring each other to achieve the extraordinary.
We are determined to succeed, courageous in adversity, never failing in our duty.
We are ferocious in battle, always ready to stand up, step forward and serve our nation.
We are Welsh Warriors.

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

1 March 2006

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ROLE

Infantry

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SPECIALISM

Armoured Infantry

our skills

Your career development is important to us. Whether you decide to stay for a short time or want to complete a full career your training and personal development will be a priority to us. All of the jobs that follow are on offer to you.

  • Combat Infantryman
  • Warrior Gunner/Driver
  • Reconnaissance
  • Sniper
  • Machine Gunner
  • Mortar Crewman
  • Anti-Tank Missiles

Op CABRIT - Estonia

The Royal Welsh are taking a leading role in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia on Op CABRIT.

Previous deployments:

  • Op HERRICK - Afghanistan
  • Op TELIC - Iraq

Our People

We are 96% Welsh and recruit from across Wales; many soldiers serve with relatives or close friends in the same Battalion. 

The Royal Welsh emulate the fine standards and traditions of its gallant forebears, to make it one of the finest Regiments in the British Army. Royal Welshmen are all part of one Welsh Regimental family. 

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Lt Matt Ixer
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Sgt Thomas Morris

Our Location

RHQ The Royal Welsh (Cardiff)

Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, CF14 3YE

RHQ The Royal Welsh

The Royal Welsh

I wanted to be a Welsh Warrior Ryan, 20

Our Role

The Royal Welsh is Wales’s oldest and most decorated regiment and her only armoured infantry.  As the Army’s most experienced armoured infantry unit, the Royal Welsh is a key part of the 3rd (UK) Division – the only warfighting division at continual operational readiness in the UK; ready to protect the UK and project our influence across the globe.

The Royal Welsh has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and most recently to Estonia on Op CABRIT.  In 2019, individual Royal Welshmen have been on operations in Somalia, Estonia and Afghanistan.  Beyond operations, Welsh Warriors have opportunities to deploy abroad on exercises in Canada, Germany, Cyprus, Brunei, Kenya and more.  Adventurous training, sports and Short Term Training Teams further increase the chances for motivated men and women to fulfil their potential as part of a close knit, family regiment.

Through the years

The history of the Royal Welsh covers over 330 years, including nearly every major campaign that the British Army has participated in. Its antecedent regiments, the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Wales amalgamated in 2006, uniting in one family regiment the 23rd, 24th, 41s & 69th Regiments of Foot.

  1. 1689

    The 23rd & 24th of Regiment’s of Foot are first raised, just 8 days apart on the 16th and 24th of March this year.

  2. 1879

    The 24th of Foot (later known as the South Wales Borderers), fought at Isandhlwana and Rorke’s Drift where it would be awarded seven Victoria Crosses

  3. 1916

    The 38th (Welsh) Infantry Division, containing the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the South Wales Borderers and the Welch Regiment, fight in the Battle of the Somme and at Mametz Wood.

  4. 1944

    The South Wales Borderers are the only Welsh unit to land at D Day. They would proceed to liberate the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and later participate in the liberation of Arnhem.

  5. 1951

    During the Korean War Welsh Warriors once again fought together: 1 WELCH were sent to Korea accompanied by a company of RWF and a platoon from the SWB.

  6. 2000s

    Since 9/11 the Royal Welsh have deployed to Iraq on TELIC 10, Afghanistan on HERRICK 11 & 16 and most recently to Estonia on Op CABRIT 2. The Royal Welsh are a key element of the UK’s only warfighting division and contribute to one of the Army’s Specialised Infanty Battalions.

Our Locations

  • 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH)

    Lucknow Barracks, Lowa Road, Tidworth, SP9 7BU 07826 858273

  • 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (3 R WELSH)

    Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, CF14 3YE Phone: 02920 781173

  • RHQ The Royal Welsh (Cardiff)

    Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, CF14 3YE Phone: 02920 781202

  • B Company (3 R WELSH)

    Army Reserve Centre: Alamein Rd, Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2HP Phone: 01792450113

  • B Company Detachment

    Boulevard St, Brieuc, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, SY23 1PH Phone: 01792 450113

  • C Company (3 R WELSH)

    Army Reserve Centre: Broadway, Pontypridd, CF37 1BW Phone: 01443 484639

  • C Company Detachment

    Detachment: Drill Hall, Bethesda St, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8LF Phone: 01443 484639

  • D Company (3 R WELSH)

    Army Reserve Centre: Groes Rd, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, LL29 8PU Phone: 01492 532304

  • D Company Detachment

    Detachment: Hightown Barracks, Kingsmills Rd, Wrexham, LL13 8RD Phone: 01492 532304

  • HQ Company (3 R WELSH)

    Army Reserve Centre: Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff, CF14 3YE Phone: 02920 781173

  • The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh

    Raglan Barracks, Newport, NP20 5XE Phone: 02920 781173

Meet The Royal Welsh

Explore our equipment

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

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

81mm Mortar

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

Small arms and support weapons

COMBAT BODY ARMOUR

Armour Osprey assault body armour and Virtus body armour system.

Personal Equipment

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

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

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The Royal Welsh arrive in Estonia

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have deployed to Estonia, renewing the UK’s commitment to our NATO allies in Europe and standing ready to defend in the face of any potential aggression.

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British Army unit finally gets its goat

There has been a delay in a British Army unit selecting its newest recruit, but they have finally got their goat and Fusilier Shenkin IV has officially begun his training with 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.

Interested in joining the royal welsh

Recruiting Now

Contact details

REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS THE ROYAL WELSH