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
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
Operation NEWCOMBE (Mali: 2021)
Operation CABRIT (Poland: 2020)
Operation CABRIT (Poland: 2018)
Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan: 2008, 2011, 2015)
Operation TELIC (Iraq: 2003, 2004, 2006)
The Queen’s Dragoon Guards 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.
The QDG is based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley in Norfolk, as part of 7th Infantry Brigade.
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
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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 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.
2nd and 3rd Regiments of horse (KDG and Bays) are founded
1st The King’s Dragoon Guards and 2nd Dragoon Guards merge to form the QDG
The Regiment breaches the Iraqi defensive line during the Gulf War
The Regiment takes part in three operational tours in Iraq
The Regiment takes part in three operational tours in Afghanistan
The Regiment takes part in two tours of Operation Cabrit in Poland
1 Worthing Rd, Swanton Morley, Dereham, NR20 4QD
Explore our equipment
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.
Norfolk-based cavalrymen take their first steps on the promotional ladder.
1 Worthing Rd,
Dereham, NR20 4QD