350 years ago today

#1
Loyal and heartfelt greetings to all Arrsers especially those from the Queen's Regiment, her forebears and successors.

350 years ago today at 0830hrs on Putney Heath the Tangier Regiment of Foot was raised. On its return from Tangier (the oldest battle honour of the British Army), the Regiment became the 2nd of Foot or The Queen's Royal Regiment, the Queen in question being Queen Catherine (of Braganza) wife of King Charles II.

PRISTINAE VIRTUTIS MEMOR

Raising Of The Ragiment & Tangier
 
#3
Good reading that Queensman. Strange how our respective units seem to have fought together, from Burgoynes 1777 American campaign, through the West Indies and on to the Peninsular. I am sure they would have met up in South Africa too, with my Bty having taken part in quite a few battles/engagements there. Belmont, Graspen, Enslin, Modder River, Karee Sidings, Orange Free state, or Natal to name but a few...Nice Linky.
 
#4
I shall raise a glass tonight - fond memories of my time in 2 Queens...

:)

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#6
350 years? That's long enough, time they were cut. It's only fair.
 
#7
350 years? That's long enough, time they were cut. It's only fair.
Shit! What again?

However, funny you say that: I've heard tell that before too long the PWRR, RRF and R ANGLIAN will all merge to former a single large regiment ala RIFLES and SCROTS. Is there no end?
 
#8
Many Happy Returns to "The Soldiers of The Queen". You have probably heard right about future merges. I feel very lucky that though since the formation of The Queens Regiment in the 60s my Regiment has managed to remain unchanged since 1968. Other than the loss of our 3rd and 4th Bns. Some infantiers have worn 2 or 3 cap badges in the same period. Having not long left to serve I might just make it through without an amalgamation. Not that confident though.
 
#9
Did Batus with a Queens' Battlegroup.
Fcukers shot at me and my oppo whilst we were manning the alternative firing point for one of those 6' picket bridges.
We dived in the trench and the fat basterd was quicker than I!
You know who you are, Steve T.
 
#10
Many happy returns!

How are you going to blow out all of the candles on the cake?
 
#11
Britons always loyally declaim
About the way they rule the waves
Ev'ry Britons song is just the same
When singing of our soldiers brave
All the world has heard it, wonders why we sing
Some have learn'd the reasons why
We're not forgetting it
We're not letting it fade away or gradually die
Fade away or gradually die......
So when we say that England's master
Remember who has made her so:

It's the soldiers of the Queen my lads
Who've been my lads
Who've seen my lads
In the fight for Englan's glory lads
Of it's world wide glory let us sing
And when we say we've always won
And when they ask us how it's done
We'll proudly point to ev'ry one
Of England's soldiers of the Queen
 

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#12
Happy birthday to the Queen's Regiment and congratulations on being the second oldest line Regiment, from a former member of the oldest! :)
 
#13
Loyal and heartfelt greetings to all Arrsers especially those from the Queen's Regiment, her forebears and successors.

350 years ago today at 0830hrs on Putney Heath the Tangier Regiment of Foot was raised.
New Draft.
 
#14
Many thanks for posting this.

It's a bit less than inspiring to know that my 2 part-time years in HQ Company of 6/7th Queen's (V) covered slightly more than half of one per cent of the history of the regiment. Despite this extremely modest length of service, my copies of books by Richard Holmes and Mike Reynolds are still signed "to a fellow member of the Queen's Regiment".

All the best,

John.
 
#15
I don't need an excuse to raise a glass but hey-ho - 6/7 Queens (& 6/7 PWRR) provided me with some of the best memories of my life and some of the best comrades.

Proud to be a Queensman.
 
#17
However, funny you say that: I've heard tell that before too long the PWRR, RRF and R ANGLIAN will all merge to former a single large regiment ala RIFLES and SCROTS. Is there no end?
Always been on the cards. We will soon have Regiments in place of the old Divisions. Although it is doubtful the Guards will be touched, the RGR and Parachute Regiment will stay separate but both could lose Bns.

I'd imagine the RIR will move in to the Rifles (best guess).

Once complete the newly formed 4 or 5 Bn Regiments will be whittled down to 2 or 3 Bns each again as the sand passes throgh the narrow bit and the boots wear away the square, before the capbadge mergers start again.
 
#19
Invicta - Ich Dien (Unconquered I Serve)

9 September 1992 was a dark day in the Hisstory of the Queen's Regiment although despite a difficult birth the PWRR has achieved a reputation second to none.

On the speculation that the three regiments of the Queen's Div are to merge - it's a fair bet that the common elements from the existing regiments titles - the words 'Royal' and 'Regiment' - will remain, as will the fusilier hackle, making the 'Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' appear to be a strong contender for the new title. Perhaps this will be shortened to the more marketable 'The Fusiliers' a la 'The Rifles' - any thoughts?
 

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