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The King’s Royal Hussars

The History of The King’s Royal Hussars

The King’s Royal Hussars was formed by the amalgamation of The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’ Own) and the 14th/20th King’s Hussars on the 4th December 1992. The Regiment is equipped with the Challenger 2 main battle tank and is stationed at Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth, Hampshire as part of 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade.

Since its formation, the Regiment has completed operational tours of Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and sent sub-units to the Falkland Islands. It has also deployed to Estonia as the NATO deterrence force, and completed major exercises in Poland, Canada and South Africa.

Visit the Regimental Museum to find out about the history of our Regiment.

The King’s Royal Hussars trace their history to four famous Regiments, three of which were raised in 1715.

The Prussian Eagle (also known as the Hawk), with the letters FR emblazoned on its breast, is the cap badge of The King’s Royal Hussars.

Regimental Colonels, Commanding Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors and dates served.

The Dress of The King’s Royal Hussars is of considerable historical interest and includes several unique elements.

The Brown Beret worn by The King’s Royal Hussars today is unique within the British Army.

Colonel-in-Chief

The Colonel-in-Chief of The King’s Royal Hussars is HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO

Senior Colonel

Senior Colonel, The King’s Royal Hussars is HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO

Recruits

The Regiment recruits primarily from the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, the Channel Islands, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and North Somerset.

Amalgamation

The King’s Royal Hussars was formed on 4th December 1992 with the amalgamation of The Royal Hussars (PWO) with the
14th/20th King’s Hussars. The Royal Hussars were formed in 1969 by the amalgamation of the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’ Own) and the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own). The 14th/20th King’s Hussars were formed in 1922 with the amalgamation of the 14th (King’s) Hussars with the 20th Hussars.

The King’s Royal Hussars is the senior Squadron within the Regiment, and as such parades Right of the Line, a tradition which has been upheld for nearly two hundred years, since its
inception in the 11th Hussars.

The Commanding Officer traditionally asks officers to drink from the Emperor on Mess nights.  It remains the most treasured piece of silver possessed by the Regiment.

The Battle of Ramnuggur 1848. Second Sikh War, 14th Light Dragoons, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William Havelock.

Regimental Hymns of The King’s Royal Hussars.

The Regimental Medal 1909 and complete list of the holders of the Regimental Medal since its inception.

Allied Regiments and affilliations of the King’s Royal Hussars.

Every Regiment in the British Army has built-up, over the years, a fine tradition of military music.

Staff Parade is held at 2150 hours to commemorate the death of Lord Cardigan on the 28th March 1868, who died at that precise time.

Regimental Collect of The King’s Royal Hussars.

Regimental awards given to those displaying excellence and sporting prowess.