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Unit History: Blues and Royals

Blues and Royals The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) (RHG/D) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry.

The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of The Royal Horse Guards, which was known as "The Blues" or "The Oxford Blues", and The Royal Dragoons, which was known as "The Royals".

Since then, the new regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus. During the Falklands War of 1982, the regiment provided the two armoured reconnaissance troops. The regiment also had a squadron on operational duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994/1995.

As a result of the Options for Change Review in 1991, the Blues and Royals formed a union for operational purposes with the Life Guards as the Household Cavalry Regiment. However they each maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. The Blues and Royals currently has two reconnaissance squadrons in Windsor, which are part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, and a mounted squadron in London as part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The Blues and Royals is one of two regiments of the Household Division that can trace its lineage back to the New Model Army, the other being the Coldstream Guards.

The Colonel-in-Chief is Her Majesty The Queen and the Colonel is HRH The Princess Royal. Both HRH Prince William of Wales and HRH Prince Harry of Wales joined the regiment as cornets in 2006.

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"...BANNISTER Ministry of Defence SIERRA LEONE Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) Major Andrew James DUNCAN The Royal Logistic Corps CONGO Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) Colonel Patrick John TABOR MVO Late The Blues and Royals MISCELLANEOUS Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Lieutenant Stirling John PATCH Royal Navy Commander Andrew James WEBB Royal Navy The Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM) Sergeant Thomas PALMER Royal Marines The..."
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"Prince Harry is to join the Household Cavalry and serve with the Blues and Royals when he leaves Sandhurst, Clarence House has said. Harry, 21, is due to complete his Army officer training in April. The news comes just weeks after Prince William also entered the Surrey academy to undertake the 44-week course. The regiment, which has recently had squadrons on operational duty with the United Nations and Nato in Bosnia and Kosovo, is expected to return to Iraq. The Ministry of Defence..."
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"Looking for any life Guards/ or Blues and Royals that i trained with at the depote 1981 to 1982 Egypt 6 intake. myself and Lee Peckover ae trying to get intouch with everyone for a reunion on the 8th of september this year its our 25th year since we joined up. we have contacted approx 20 of us so far, please contact me via this site alternativly via cocker.11@virgin.net. look forward to hearing from you all. cheers Tony. "
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"...of Royal Navy anecdotes, such as this. "In 1980 I was in charge of 40 RN Medical Assistants providing crews for military ambulances to cover London during the ambulancemen’s strike. We were first based at Combemere Barracks in Windsor with the Blues and Royals who provided the ambulance drivers. After a month, we were told to transfer to Chelsea Barracks to work with drivers provided by the Irish Guards. There are marked differences between RN and Arm routines, the most striking being the..."
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"... Every entry is true! Here’s one of them. " In 1980 I was in charge of 40 RN medical assistants providing crews for military ambulances to cover London during the ambulancemens’strike. We were first based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor withe Blues and Royals who provided the ambulance drivers. After a month we were told to transfer to Chelsea Barracks to work with drivers provided by the Irish Guards. There are marked differences between RN and Army routines, the most striking being the..."
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