The Royal Lancers are the armoured cavalry regiment of 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade. Its famous skull and crossbones cap badge 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 Royal Lancer is trained to be able to operate and maintain a wide variety of vehicles, weapons and communication systems, understand his commander’s intent and above all be able to think independently to achieve his aim.
The Royal Lancers are 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade’s Armoured Cavalry Regiment based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Cambrai Lines, Munster Barracks, Catterick Garrison
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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 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.
The history of The Royal Lancers stretches back more than 300 years. The regiment was born from the union of several historical lancer regiments and is steeped in centuries of tradition.
The 9th and 12th Regiments of Dragoons are raised
The 16th The Queen’s Lancers is formed, later fighting in the American Revolutionary War
The 17th/21st Royal Lancers are formed
The Queen’s Royal Lancers is formed
The 9th/12th Royal Lancers and the Queen’s Royal Lancers join to form The Royal Lancers
The Queen grants the Regiment the title of ‘Queen Elizabeths' Own’
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