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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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
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.
The Royal Lancers are one of three Armoured Cavalry Regiments in 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. The Regiment is based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Cambrai Lines, Munster Barracks, Catterick Garrison
The Royal Lancers
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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.
As well as reconnaissance, soldiers in The Royal Lancers are trained to fight enemy combatants using a wide range of equipment, from Sharpshooter rifles and machine guns to mortars and anti-tank missiles.
They get around the battlefield using the CVR(T) Scimitar, an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and the Panther protected patrol 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.
Hale's Light Horse adopts the motto 'Death or Glory' that is still worn today
Both the 16th/5th Lancers and the 17th/21st Lancers are formed
The 9th Queen's Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers join to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers
16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers and 17th/21st Lancers join to form the Queen's Royal Lancers
The 9th/12th Royal Lancers and The Queen’s Royal Lancers join to form The Royal Lancers
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
Cambrai Barracks, Ava Rd, Catterick Garrison DL9 3PZ
Royal Lancers join forces with Scandinavians for drills
List of equipment used
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Where we are
We are located in North Yorkshire, England