THE CAVALRY (1)
No. 15. 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
Trumpet Major: Full Dress
Corporal: Combat Dress, UNFICYP
Background: Regimental Barracks, Cyprus
From a watercolour painting by Christopher A. Collins
Postcard No. 15 16th/5th THE QUEEN'S ROYAL LANCERS
The regiment was formed in April 1922 by the Amalgamation of the 16th
the Queen's Lancers and the 5th Royal Irish Lancers. The reversed order of
seniority is due to the fact that the 5th Royal Irish Lancers who were
originally raised in 1689, were disbanded in 1799 and reinstated by Queen
Victoria as the junior cavalry regiment in 1858. The 16th The Queen's
Lancers were raised by Colonel Burgoyne in 1789 as the 16th Regiment of
(Light) dragoons. The 5th Royal Irish Lancers were raised by Colonel
The Trumpet major's Full Dress lancer cap carries a black plume on a brass
plate (16th Lancers). The 16th being unique amongst the lancer regiments
in wearing a scarlet tunic were nicknamed "The Scarlet Lancers".
The rank badge has a silver crowned Irish Harp superimposed upon it. The
device embroidered on the trumpet is the same as that originally devised
for a brooch presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth when
she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief on the occasion of her 21st Birthday.
Troops serving with the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) exchange
their normal headdress for the pale blue UN beret with its white and gold
emblem. The Corporal's combat suit is of a light tropical pattern. On his
left sleeve he wears the UN device embroidered white in a pale blue
ground, below this is an embroidered Union Flag.
The background scene is set in Cyprus where squadrons of the Regiments
have served several tours. The Ferret scout car painted with UN markings
stands in front of the Squadron Headquarters.
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