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Why "British" Army and not "Royal" Army?

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Ballix, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. Ballix
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    I've just been asked why it's the "Royal Navy" and "Royal Air Force", but just the "British Army".

    Ages ago I heard that the Int Corps aren't Royal because of what they do - is this part of the answer?

    Hopefully someone here can make me look more knowledgeable than I am! ;D  
  2. woopert
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    The Royal Navy are the senior service as they were the first to receive Royal recognition as an armed service of the Crown. The Royal Air Force were formed by Royal Charter in 1918.

    The British Army is historically a collection of militias raised at the behest of the Monarch. Some regiments enjoy Royal patronage, others such as the Int Corps don't.

    When the Monarch wished to raise an army he would do so by endowing a stipend to a local nobleman to raise a regiment. The nobleman would be the Colonel of the Regiment (hence that tradition of the senior officer commanding the regiment or division, or member of the Royal Family being the "Colonel" of the Regiment) and would determine its uniform, and promote its NCOs and select its officers from the sons of other notable families within the region. On raising a Regiment an oath of allegience would be sworn and a toast drunk. The army are considered "loyal" not "Royal" in that sense.

    As we maintain the regimental system it is fitting that we are not the Royal Army, rather the British Army loyal to the Crown.
  3. Ballix
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    Thanks for that.

    So would a simple way of explaining it be: The Army is based on the regimental system.  Not all regiments/corps are Royal, so the Army as a whole isn't either.

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  4. woopert
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    More accurately the RAF and RN have a Royal Charter as a whole, whereas the army does not. Regiments have Charters, but not the army as a military branch of service.
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