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The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths' Own)

Wearing the skull and crossbones (THE MOTTO) with pride

The Royal Lancers are an armoured cavalry regiment in 1 Deep Strike Reconnaissance Strike Brigade Combat Team. Its famous skull and crossbones cap badge, referred to as The Motto, is one of the most recognisable in the British Army and represents its motto: ‘Death or Glory’.

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2 May 2015



Armoured Cavalry




Our skills

Trained to operate ahead of lead combat units, and prepared to deploy early into combat, our soldiers are able to deliver up to date, accurate information and intelligence about the enemy in order to shape the commander's decision making process.

  • A mounted manoeuvre expert
  • Agile and determined
  • Able to exploit communication and surveillance assets
  • Able to operate independently and at reach
  • Able to rely upon their cunning to survive and find
  • Culturally attuned and inquisitive

Our people

A Royal Lancer is trained to be able to operate and maintain a wide variety of vehicles, weapons and communication systems, understand their commander’s intent and above all be able to think independently to achieve their aim.

Our location

The Royal Lancers are one of three Armoured Cavalry Regiments in 1 Deep Strike Reconnaissance Strike Brigade Combat Team.

The Regiment is based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Cambrai Lines, Munster Barracks, Catterick Garrison

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The Royal Lancers


Our role

As a reconnaissance regiment, The Royal Lancers are the 'eyes and ears' of the Army.

Its role is to provide a continuous stream of timely, accurate information to commanders via mounted and dismounted reconnaissance so they can make important tactical decisions.

Soldiers in The Royal Lancers are also trained to fight using a wide range of equipment, from drones to sniper rifles and anti-tank missiles.

When mounted, they get around the battlefield using a range of equipment including the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle and Jackal. They will soon adopt the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

Past to present

The history of The Royal Lancers dates back to 1689. The modern regiment was born out of the union of six original lancer regiments and is thus steeped in centuries of their history and traditions.

  1. 1759

    Hale's Light Horse adopts the motto 'Death or Glory' that is still worn today

  2. 1922

    Both the 16th/5th Lancers and the 17th/21st Lancers are formed

  3. 1960

    The 9th Queen's Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers join to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers

  4. 1993

    16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers and 17th/21st Lancers join to form the Queen's Royal Lancers

  5. 2015

    The 9th/12th Royal Lancers and The Queen’s Royal Lancers join to form The Royal Lancers

  6. 2017

    HM The Queen grants the Regiment the title ‘Queen Elizabeths' Own’ reflecting hers and her mother's long association with it.

Where we are located

  • Our location

    Cambrai Barracks, Ava Rd, Catterick Garrison DL9 3PZ

Royal Lancers join forces with Scandinavians for drills

List of equipment used


Used in the reconnaissance role to find and mark targets to destroy. Equipped with their own anti-armour weapons, they can also pack a punch.

Combat vehicles


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

Protected patrol vehicles

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

Light Machine Gun

300 metres It provides the section commander with the capability to impose sustained suppressive fire on to an objective out to 300m.

Small arms and support weapons

L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle

7.62mm The rifle fires a 7.62mm round and has enhanced accuracy of engagement during longer-range firefights.

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

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us. We are keen to hear from individuals who have the skills to work with us.

Where we are

We are located in North Yorkshire, England