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The Welsh Cavalry

The 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards

The Welsh Cavalry

With a long and distinguished history stretching back more than 300 years, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards is the Light Cavalry Regiment of Wales and the Border Counties. It is also the senior Regiment of the Line in the British Army.




1 January 1959



Light Cavalry




our skills

These light cavalry troops are experts in reconnaissance. Equally as comfortable on foot as they are at the wheel of a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle, their versatility means they could find themselves deployed anywhere in the world.

  • Driving a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle
  • Firing heavy and grenade machine guns
  • Communicating with radios
  • Gathering and passing on intelligence
  • Commanding from the front
  • Making judgement calls in tough situations


The Queen’s Dragoon Guards will deploy 150 personnel to Poland in spring 2018, as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.


Our People

In the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, a soldier’s development is never complete. Whether it’s driving a Jackal 2, operating a heavy machine gun, or training as a Communications Specialist or Forward Air Controller, no two careers in this regiment are the same.

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Lt Col J G E Stenhouse DSO - Commanding Officer
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Capt D Wiggins - Adjutant
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WO1 (RSM) D Brown - Regimental Sergeant Major

Our Location

Robertson Barracks

The QDG is based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley in Norfolk, as part of 7th Infantry Brigade.


1st Queen's Dragoon Guards


The Unit's Role

From its foundation in 1685 to the present day, the Queen’s Dragoon Guards has specialised in reconnaissance: the art of seeking out the enemy and understanding how they operate.

Originally a horseback regiment, these days the Queen’s Dragoon Guards uses Jackal 2 armoured vehicles to get around, although they’re also just as effective on foot. This versatility makes them highly mobile and quick to adapt to new environments.

Soldiers and officers in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards are also excellent communicators, since part of their role includes training foreign military personnel. 

Through the years

The modern 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards was founded in January 1959, when the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards and the 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queen’s Bays) were joined together. Both the King’s Dragoon Guards and the 2nd Dragoon Guards were originally formed in 1685.

  1. 1959

    1st The King’s Dragoon Guards and 2nd Dragoon Guards merged to form the QDG

  2. 1991

    The regiment is tasked with breaching the Iraqi defensive line during the Gulf War

  3. 2003

    The Queen’s Dragoon Guards provides reconnaissance for 3 Commando Brigade during the invasion of Iraq

  4. 2008-2014

    The regiment takes part in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan

  5. 2016

    The Queen’s Dragoon Guards welcomes Trooper Jones, a Welsh mountain pony, as the regimental mascot

Our Locations

Exercise Diamondback

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

Coyote TSV

6x6 Extra two wheels gives a heavier vehicle, which can act in support of the Jackal 2 to transport supplies and equipment over similar terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles


Up in the air Weighing 7-tonnes, the Panther is air transportable and can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter.

Protected patrol vehicles

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

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

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

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

Contact us

Robertson Barracks

1 Worthing Rd,
Swanton Morley,
Dereham, NR20 4QD