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The Welsh Cavalry

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

First and Foremost

With a long and distinguished history stretching back more than 300 years, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards is the Cavalry Regiment of Wales and the Border Counties. Specialising in reconnaissance its soldiers fight for information about the enemy and environment.




1 January 1959



Light Cavalry




our skills

QDG soldiers are experts in reconnaissance. They are the Army's 'eyes and ears' in the battlespace. Skilled in a wide range of weaponry, these light cavalry crewmen are equally as capable on foot as they are at the wheel of a Jackal 2 high mobility vehicle. Their adaptability 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


Future deployments

Operation NEWCOMBE (Mali: 2021)
Operation CABRIT (Poland: 2020)

Past deployments

Operation CABRIT (Poland: 2018)
Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan: 2008, 2011, 2015)
Operation TELIC (Iraq: 2003, 2004, 2006)

Our People

The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) is a family Regiment, offering a lifetime of comradeship. We recruit largely from Wales and the border counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

The QDG offers a diverse career from driving a Jackal 2 and operating heavy machine guns to training as a Communications Specialist or Forward Air Controller.

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Our officers – leading the team
QDG Senior Non Commissioned Officers
Our senior non-commissioned officers – supporting the leaders
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Our soldiers – professional, proud and disciplined

Our Location

Robertson Barracks

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


1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards


Our 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 high mobility vehicles to get around, although they’re also just as effective on foot. This versatility makes them highly employable on operations 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

Whilst 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) is a thoroughly modern 21st Century reconnaissance regiment formed sixty years ago, it also one of the oldest regiments in the British Army with roots spreading back well over three hundred years to 1685, before the formal formation of the British Army in 1707.

  1. 1685

    2nd and 3rd Regiments of horse (KDG and Bays) are founded

  2. 1959

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

  3. 1991

    The Regiment breaches the Iraqi defensive line during the Gulf War

  4. 2003-2007

    The Regiment takes part in three operational tours in Iraq

  5. 2008-2014

    The Regiment takes part in three operational tours in Afghanistan

  6. 2018-2019

    The Regiment takes part in two tours of Operation Cabrit in Poland

Our Location

  • Robertson Barracks

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

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

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

Guided Weapons

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

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


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

Protected patrol 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

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

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

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

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Promotion for Welsh Mountain Pony, Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones

This year’s Royal Welsh Show will have its usual pomp and ceremony and boast some of the finest animals from across the UK. But something unique involving the British Army has been "occurring" in Builth Wells during what is the largest agricultural event in Europe – Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones has been promoted.


Soldiers from the Welsh Cavalry earn their first stripes

Norfolk-based cavalrymen take their first steps on the promotional ladder.

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Robertson Barracks

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