Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
(Queen's and Royal Hampshires)

Cap Badge of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Active 9 September 1992 – present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Line Infantry
Role 1st Battalion — Armoured Infantry
2nd Battalion — Light Infantry
3rd Battalion — Army Reserve
Size Three battalions
Part of Queen's Division
Garrison/HQ RHQ - HM Tower of London
1st Battalion - Barker Barracks, Westfalen Garrison, Germany
2nd Battalion - Dhekelia, Cyprus
3rd Battalion - Canterbury
Motto(s) "Honi soit qui mal y pense" "Shame on him who thinks ill of it" [1]
March Quick - The Farmer's Boy/Soldiers of the Queen
Slow - The Minden Rose
Colonel in Chief HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark [2]
Colonel of
the Regiment
Brigadier Richard William Dennis OBE[3]
Tactical recognition flash
Arm badge Tiger
From Royal Hampshire Regiment
Abbreviation PWRR
PWRR March

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (or PWRR, also known as 'the Tigers') is the senior English line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Queen's Division, and second only in line infantry order of precedence to the Royal Regiment of Scotland.


The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment was formed on 9 September 1992 by the amalgamation of the Queen's Regiment and the Royal Hampshire Regiment and holds the earliest battle honour in the British Army (Tangier 1662–80).[4] Through its ancestry via the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) (2nd Regiment of Foot), the PWRR is the most senior English line infantry regiment. The current regiment was named in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales.[5]

The regiment was formed to act as the county regiment for the following areas:[4]

Upon its creation, HRH The Princess of Wales and HM The Queen of Denmark were Allied Colonels-in-Chief of the PWRR. When the Princess divorced HRH The Prince of Wales, she resigned as Colonel-in-chief and the Queen of Denmark has remained its Colonel-in-Chief since.[6]

The 1st Battalion served a seven-month tour of Iraq in 2004 with a second tour following in 2006, and finally a tour in 2009 where the battalion was split between Afghanistan and Iraq (last combat operation in Iraq). Many of the operations carried out by the battalion during the first tour were named after stations on the London Underground.[7] Elements of 1 PWRR helped train the Iraqi National Army and oversaw the withdrawal of UK Forces from Basra.[8] 1st Battalion was deployed to Afghanistan again in August 2011 to form the nucleus of the Police Mentoring Advisory Group (PMAG) with individual companies detached to other Battlegroups around Helmand province.[9] The 1st Battalion under Army 2020 will move from Paderborn, Germany to be stationed at Bulford Camp.[10][11][12]

The regiment's 2nd Battalion were based in Shackleton Barracks, Northern Ireland, the last resident battalion deployed in this role under Operation Banner. After two years at Alexandria Barracks in Dhekelia in Cyprus, they moved to Woolwich Garrison, London, to take up a public duties role in August 2010, a role they performed for three years.[13] 2nd Battalion deployed to Cyprus again in 2014.[14] It remains one of the infantry units rotating between the UK and British Forces Cyprus.[15]


The regimental headquarters (RHQ) is at the Tower of London, whilst the regiment itself comprises three battalions:

Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum is located in Dover Castle, Dover, Kent. Exhibits trace the regiment's history, and include displays of photographs, paintings, weapons, badges, medals, uniforms and regimental regalia.[19]

Victoria Cross and other decorations

A total of thirty-seven medals and awards were awarded to the regiment's 1st Battalion for their service during operations in Iraq in 2004, including a Victoria Cross, two Distinguished Service Orders, two Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, one Member of the Order of the British Empire for gallantry, ten Military Crosses, and seventeen were Mentioned in Despatches, making the regiment the most highly decorated serving regiment in the British Army at that time.[7]

Private Johnson Beharry of the 1st Battalion, PWRR was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during his unit's deployment to Amarah, near Basra.[20]

Whilst attached to the 1st Battalion, Michelle Norris of the Royal Army Medical Corps became the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross following her actions on 11 June 2006.[21]

Battle honours

PWRR tiger badge

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Royal Regiment of Scotland
Infantry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Duke of Lancaster's Regiment


1880[22] 1881 Childers Reforms[22] 1921 Name changes 1957 Defence White Paper 1966 Defence White Paper 1990 Options for Change 2003 Delivering Security in a Changing World
2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment The Queen's Regiment The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)
31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot The East Surrey Regiment
70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot
3rd (East Kent, The Buff's) Regiment of Foot The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
renamed in 1935:
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment
50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
97th (Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot
35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment of Foot The Royal Sussex Regiment
107th (Bengal Infantry) Regiment of Foot
57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
77th (East Middlesex) (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Regiment of Foot
37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot The Hampshire Regiment
renamed in 1946:
The Royal Hampshire Regiment
67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot


See also

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  2. "The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) 1992 - Today". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59382. p. 5833. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
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  5. "Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment retraces its history". BBC. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52834. p. 2581. 13 February 1992.
  7. 1 2 Mills, Dan (2007). Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-7181-4994-9.
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  15. "Transforming the British Army: An Update" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. p. 9. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
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  17. "2 PWRR". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  18. "3 PWRR". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
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  20. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57587. pp. 3369–3370. 18 March 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  21. Bunyan, Nigel (2007-03-22). "Big day for 5ft Army medic who won MC". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  22. 1 2 The London Gazette, Page 3300-3301 (1 July 1881). "Childers Reform" (24992). Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
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