The Glorious 1st of June

Greetings and best wishes to all for today, the anniversary of the Battle of the Glorious 1st of June

The Queen’s were acting as Marines during the Battle of The Glorious 1st of June 1794. The Regiment was embarked on board five ships of the Line - HMS Queen Charlotte (Admiral Lord Howe’s flagship), HMS Russell, HMS Defence, HMS Royal George and HMS Majestic. The Naval Crown was granted in recognition of the Regiment’s gallant conduct and contribution to this victory. It is borne on the Regimental Colour.

The Glorious 1st of June continues to be a Regimental Day to the present and links have been maintained with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Until 1984 celebrations were maintained at HMS Excellent, the Naval Gunnery School at Whale Island, which inherited the traditions of the old “Queen Charlotte”. For a period HMS Excellent was decommissioned and the celebrations were maintained by HMS Nelson. On HMS Excellent being recommissioned, the traditions are once again maintained by this shore establishment.
Greetings Queensman !
Thanks for the info and Congrats to your Regimental Day.
I remember celebrating it for many a year.
Remember us on the 13th of Sept.
This year is a big one, commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Battle of Quebec (We were Marines then also !)
Congratulations, Queensman. From Wiki:

wikipedia said:
The Glorious First of June was the first and largest fleet action of the naval conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the First French Republic during the French Revolutionary Wars. The British Channel Fleet under Lord Howe attempted to interdict the passage of a vitally important French grain convoy from the United States, which was protected by the French Atlantic Fleet, commanded by Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse. The two forces clashed in the Atlantic Ocean, some 400 nautical miles (741 km) west of the French island of Ushant.

The action was the culmination of a campaign that had criss-crossed the Bay of Biscay over the previous month. Both sides had captured numerous merchant ships and minor warships and had engaged in two partial, but inconclusive, fleet actions. The aftermath of 1 June 1794 left both fleets shattered and in no condition for further combat. Despite losing seven ships of the line, Villaret bought enough time for the French grain convoy to reach safety. However, he was also forced to withdraw his battle-fleet to port, leaving the British free to conduct a campaign of blockade for the remainder of the war. Both sides claimed victory. The result of the battle was seized upon by the press of both nations as a shining example of the prowess and bravery of their respective navies.
HMS BELLEROPHON was with Howe on 1st June. She went on to fight with Nelson at the Nile and Trafalgar. After Waterloo Napoleon fled to Rochefort, hoping to escape by sea. BELLEROPHON was blockading the harbour, and it was on board her that the French emperor surrendered.

During his captivity Napoleon went on to say that "wherever there is water to float a ship, there I will find the flag of England".

Ships of wood and men of iron.

Greetings to all Queensmen particulary fomer members of the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Regiment.

Invicta Ich Dien
The King's Own Scottish Borderers (then the 25th Foot) were also present. A bond of friendship was later established between the Queen's Regiment and the King's Own Scottish Borderers. Hopefully 1SCOTS and the PWRR have continued the tradition.


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Best wishes to all other ex-and still serving Queensmen on this special day - and best wishes and good luck to all those in the PWRR, our successor Regiment, on Ops around the world.

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