Queen To Present Guidon To The Royal Lancers

Queen To Present Guidon To The Royal Lancers

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, Accompanied by The Duke of York,
Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, COLONEL-IN-CHIEF
Will Present a Guidon to the Royal Lancers

St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle

Wednesday 5th April

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of York, will present a Guidon to The Royal Lancers at Windsor Castle.

This ceremony will take place in St George’s Hall, where Her Majesty ‘will touch’ the new Guidon, thereby presenting it to the Regiment.

After this short ceremony, The Queen and The Duke of York will meet former Colonels of the Regiment, before taking part in an official photograph. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will then meet members of the regimental family in the Grand Reception Room before departing the State Apartments.

A Guidon is a heraldic banner carried by cavalry regiments, the equivalent of the Colours borne by regiments of line infantry. Until about a century ago Guidons and Colours were taken into battle as the distinguishing symbols and rallying points for fighting units.

The Royal Lancers are 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade’s Armoured Cavalry Regiment based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The Regiment was formed following the amalgamation of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) and The Queen’s Royal Lancers on the 2nd May 2015. Both of these regiments have recent and extensive operational experience, most recently with the 9th/12th Lancers being the last cavalry regiment in Afghanistan and The Queen’s Royal Lancers the last regiment to operate the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) in Afghanistan. The Lancers’ distinctive cap-badge represents their Regimental Motto, ‘Death or Glory’.

The Queen and The Duke of York attended the amalgamation parade of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) at Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire, on 2nd May 2015.

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