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    The Royal Artillery does not carry Colours. Its guns are its colours and are saluted on parade.
    Since it is present in every campaign in which the British Army fights, the Royal Artillery does not have Battle Honours. Instead, it has the motto and battle honour Ubique ("Everywhere"), granted by William IV in 1833. Its subsidiary motto is Quo fas et gloria ducunt ("Where Right and Glory Lead").
    Many Regular Army batteries bear an Honour Title (in parentheses) commemorating an exceptional act of service.
    Battalions and Companies were renamed Brigades and Batteries in 1859. In 1938, Brigades were renamed Regiments.
    Until 1794, the Royal Artillery hired civilian horses and drivers to haul its guns. In that year the Corps of Captains' Commissaries and Drivers was formed to provide these services. This was reformed as the Corps of Gunner Drivers in 1801. In 1806 these became the Royal Artillery Drivers. In 1822 these were disbanded and from that date all men enlisted into the Royal Artillery as "Gunner and Driver" until 1918, when they simply became Gunners. None of this applied to the Royal Horse Artillery, which had always had its own drivers.
    On 1 April 1947, all Royal Artillery units (except the Royal Horse Artillery) were placed on a single roll. This meant that each battery and regiment carried a unique number (whereas before there could have been, for instance, a 10th Field Battery, 10th Heavy Battery, 10th Coastal Battery etc). The numbers of the batteries within a regiment bear no relation to the regiment or each other. Royal Horse Artillery batteries (and batteries that used to be RHA) bear letters instead of numbers.
    All British coast defence artillery units were disbanded in the 1950s.
    When on parade with its guns, the Royal Horse Artillery takes precedence over every other regiment and corps in the British Army (and parades at the right of the line). Otherwise it immediately follows the Household Cavalry. The rest of the Royal Artillery takes precedence immediately after the regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps.
    In 1871 the Royal Regiment formed two batteries of garrison artillery which became the Royal Canadian Artillery.
    During World War II, the Royal Artillery created a new type of formation, the Army Group Royal Artillery to command artillery assets at levels higher than division.
    In recognition of its history, 25/170 (Imjin) Battery of 47 Regiment wears the United States Distinguished Unit Citation that was awarded to 170 Battery for its service at the Battle of the Imjin River during the Korean War (see Non-U.S. winners of U.S. gallantry awards).