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
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.
The Queen’s Dragoon Guards will deploy 150 personnel to Poland in spring 2018, as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.
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.
The QDG is based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley in Norfolk, as part of 7th Infantry Brigade.
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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.
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.
1st The King’s Dragoon Guards and 2nd Dragoon Guards merged to form the QDG
The regiment is tasked with breaching the Iraqi defensive line during the Gulf War
The Queen’s Dragoon Guards provides reconnaissance for 3 Commando Brigade during the invasion of Iraq
The regiment takes part in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan
The Queen’s Dragoon Guards welcomes Trooper Jones, a Welsh mountain pony, as the regimental mascot
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