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The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons)

Cap Badge of the Blues and Royals
Active 23 March 1969-Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Household Cavalry
Role Formation Reconnaissance/Ceremonial
Size Three squadrons
Part of Household Cavalry
Garrison/HQ RHQ - London
Regiment - Windsor/London
Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (Shame on him who thinks this evil)
March Quick - Quick March of the Blues and Royals
Slow - Slow March of the Blues and Royals
Trot Past - Keel Row
Commanders
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
HRH The Princess Royal, LG, LT, GCVO
Notable
commanders
Cornet HRH Prince Harry of Wales
Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash
Sleeve Badge Waterloo Eagle
from Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons)
A Trooper of the Blues and Royals on mounted duty in Whitehall, London
A Trooper of the Blues and Royals on mounted duty in Whitehall, London

The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) are a cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... The Princess Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise; born 15 August 1950), is a member of the British Royal Family and the only daughter of Elizabeth II. She is the seventh holder of the title Princess Royal, and is currently ninth in the line of succession to the British... Officer Cadet Wales on parade when New Colours were presented to Sandhurst, 21 June 2005. ... Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, also known by the courtesy title of Lord Cornbury (November 28, 1661 - March 31, 1723) was Governor of New York and New Jersey and perhaps best known for being that which he never was: Americas first transvestite governor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1486x1712, 521 KB) A Trooper of the Blues and Royals on mounted duty in Whitehall, London, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1486x1712, 521 KB) A Trooper of the Blues and Royals on mounted duty in Whitehall, London, England. ... There are currently eleven regular cavalry regiments of the British Army, with five serving as armoured regiments, and five as formation reconnaissance regiments. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Dismounted Blues and Royals (left) and Life Guards (right) preparing to line the route of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions, a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings or those military groupings...


The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of The Royal Horse Guards who were known as "The Blues", or "The Oxford Blues", and The Royal Dragoons who were known as "The Royals". For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The Royal Horse Guards (RHG) was a Household Cavalry regiment of the British Army. ... The Royal Dragoon Guards is an armoured regiment of the British Army. ...


Since then, the new regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus. During the Falklands War of 1982, the regiment provided the two armoured reconnaissance troops. The regiment also had a squadron on operational duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994/1995. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Combatants Argentina United Kingdom Commanders Presidente Leopoldo Galtieri Vice Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier General Ernesto Crespo Brigade General Mario Menéndez Prime minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral Sandy Woodward Major General Jeremy Moore Casualties 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner 75 fixed wing... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Motto none Anthem Intermeco Bosnia and Herzegovina() on the European continent()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Sarajevo Official languages Bosnian Croatian Serbian Government Parliamentary democracy  -  Presidency members NebojÅ¡a Radmanović1 Haris Silajdžić2 Željko KomÅ¡ić3  -  Chairman of the Council of Ministers Nikola Å pirić  -  High Representative 4 Independence... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


As a result of the Options for Change Review in 1991, the Blues and Royals formed a Union for operational purposes with the Life Guards to form the Household Cavalry Regiment. However they each maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. The Blues and Royals currently have two reconnaissance squadrons in Windsor, which are part of the Household Cavalry Regiment and a mounted squadron in London as part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Options for Change was a restructuring of the British military in 1993, aimed at cutting defence spending following the end of the Cold War. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ... The Household Cavalry Regiment has an active operational role in armoured fighting vehicles which has seen them at the forefront of the nations conflicts. ... Windsor (IPA: usually , but also ) is a suburban town and tourist destination in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. ... The Household Cavalry Regiment has an active operational role in armoured fighting vehicles which has seen them at the forefront of the nations conflicts. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is a ceremonial regiment of the British Army. ...


The Blues and Royals is one of two regiments of the Household Division that can trace its lineage back to the New Model Army, the other being the Coldstream Guards. Household Division is term used principally in the Commonwealth of Nations to describe a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings, or those military groupings that provide functions associated directly with the Sovereign. ... The New Model Army became the best known of the various Parliamentarian armies in the English Civil War. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ...


The Colonel-in-Chief is Her Majesty The Queen and the Colonel is HRH The Princess Royal. Both HRH Prince William of Wales and HRH Prince Harry of Wales joined the regiment as cornets in 2006. In the British and other Commonwealth armies, the Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment is its (usually Royal) patron. ... Look up majesty in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Majesty is an English word rooting in the Latin Maiestas, meaning literally, Greatness. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... HRH is an acronym for His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness. ... The Princess Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise; born 15 August 1950), is a member of the British Royal Family and the only daughter of Elizabeth II. She is the seventh holder of the title Princess Royal, and is currently ninth in the line of succession to the British... “Prince William” redirects here. ... Officer Cadet Wales on parade when New Colours were presented to Sandhurst, 21 June 2005. ... Cornet was the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop, after the Captain and Lieutenant. ...

Contents

Prince Harry

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on February 22, 2007 that Harry, who is third in line to the throne, would possibly join his Blues and Royals regiment in Iraq as a “long-planned rotation of troops.” Britain’s Prince Harry was said to be “over the moon” about this, but any decision to send him has since come under review. Harry said he would be 'disappointed' if he were not sent but also that he would not resign from the army in protest. Families of currently serving soldiers have voiced concern over any decision to exempt Harry from combat situations. It has also been suggested that putting such a high profile person in an area of active insurgency puts the other members of his troop in added danger.[1]


The deployment was expected in May or June of this year. The 22-year-old prince will be the first member of the royal family to serve in a war-zone in 25 years. His uncle, Prince Andrew, served as a helicopter pilot in the 1982 Falklands war against Argentina.


On April 30, it was announced by Gen Sir Richard Dannatt that Prince Harry would be deployed to Iraq with his regiment to serve active duty, though this decision would be kept under review.


After reviewing the situation, General Dannatt announced on the May 16, 2007 that Prince Harry would not be deployed to Iraq. Reasons given included a number of specific threat to the Prince which would also place those around him in danger. The media's widespread discussion of his deployment was also mentioned as a contributary factor. General Dannatt stated "I have decided today that Prince Harry will not deploy as a Troop Leader with his Squadron. I have come to this final decision following a further and wide round of consultation, including a visit to Iraq by myself at the end of last week"[2]


As an officer, Prince Harry is in charge of 11 soldiers carrying out reconnaissance work using four armoured FV107 Scimitar vehicles, each with a crew of three. He holds the rank of Cornet, which is used by a small number of cavalry units including the Blues and Royals. It is the equivalent of the more usual rank of 2nd lieutenant. He is known to colleagues as Troop Commander Wales.[3] This refers to the armoured vehicle, for other uses see Scimitar (disambiguation) FV107 Scimitar is an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, although sometimes classed as a light tank used by the British Army. ...


Battle honours

  • Falkland Islands 1982, Al Basrah, Iraq 20031

1. awarded jointly to The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, for services of Household Cavalry Regiment.


Alliances

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Affiliated Yeomanry

The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry is a unit of the Territorial Army (TA) that was formed in 1961 as the Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) by the amalgamation of two yeomanry regiments, the 297 (Kent Yeomanry) Regt, Royal Artillery and the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry. ...

Order of Precedence

Preceded by:
The Life Guards
Cavalry Order of Precedence Succeeded by:
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

Life Guards on parade The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ... For the purposes of parading, the regular army of the British Army is listed according to an order of precedence. ... {{Infobox Military Unit |unit_name=1st The Queens Dragoon Guards |image= |caption=1st The Queens Dragoon Guards Cap Badge |dates=[[January 1] 1959- |country=United Kingdom |branch=Army |type=Line Cavalry |command_structure=Royal Armoured Corps |role=Formation Reconnaissance |size= One regiment |current_commander= |garrison= Osnabruck, Germany |ceremonial_chief=HRH The Prince...

References

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/6594223.stm
  2. ^ http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/SpecificRiskToHarryDeploymentunacceptableCgs.htm
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6609385.stm

External link

  • British Army webpage

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