On the 18th November the Battalion held is sports dinner at the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess.
The dinner was organised in recognition of the achievements of those who have contributed to sporting life within the battalion. In attendance was the Chief of Staff of British Forces Cyprus, Brigadier Nick Orr, who congratulated the battalion on a great sporting year, and what a year it's been!
The Regimental Quick March is ‘The Farmer’s Boy’ (From The Royal Hampshire Regiment) leading into ‘Soldiers of The Queen’ (From The Queen’s Regiment).
The Regimental Slow March is ‘The Minden Rose’ (From The Royal Hampshire Regiment).
The main forebear regimental marches, which are often played on regimental occasions are as follows:
The Queen’s Regiment
Quick: ‘Soldiers of The Queen’.
Slow: ‘The Caledonian’.
The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment
Quick: ‘Braganza’/‘Lass O’Gowrie’; ‘Old Queens’ (Only played in the Officers Mess and never on Parade);
Adventure training opportunities provide another feature of service and Regimental life, which is rarely seen outside of the Armed Forces. A variety of rock-climbing, sailing, canoeing and walking expeditions have been organised since the Regiment’s existence throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, skiing expeditions have been run in France and Bavaria and rockclimbing and walking in Cyprus. Major expeditions have taken place in the Kenyan Samburuland, Malaysia, Alaska and Nepal, involving both regular and reserve soldiers.
The traditions of the Regiment have been maintained and developed by ‘The Tigers’, as shown in this history. Part of maintaining this tradition includes ceremonial activity, which began with the Regimental Review in Canterbury in June 1993. The other major events have been the Presentation of New Colours to the 2nd Battalion in 1995 by the then Colonel-in-Chief, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, followed by the presentation of New Colours to the 1st Battalion in 1997 by the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Both events occurred at Howe Barracks, Canterbury.
Civic honours are awarded in recognition of outstanding service to a town or city.
The following civic honours are held by The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment:
* The privilege of marching through the City of London with ‘Colours Flying, Drums Beating and Bayonets Fixed’ (from 1672),
* The Privilege of Jersey (1992, transferred 1995) and the Honorary Freedoms of Arundel (1954),
* Ashford (1987, adoption 1961),
* Barnet (1955),
* Basingstoke and Deane (1966),
* Belfast (1961),
* Brighton (1944) and Hove (1958),
* Bournemouth (1945),
* Canterbury (1948),
* Chichester (1951),
The Colonel of the Regiment is an honorary ceremonial position and is an appointment rather than a rank. It is an honour conferred upon a senior officer (active or retired) who has, usually but not necessarily, served with the Regiment in the past, and it requires the approval of the Sovereign and its Colonel-in-Chief. The Colonel is kept informed of all happenings within the Regiment to which he has been appointed and, if so requested by one or more of the battalion commanders, will give advice on matters concerning the overall welfare of the regiment and its institutions.
The Friends has been formed for two purposes; First, to raise funds for past and serving soldiers, to enhance their lives. Secondly, to support those who have finished serving in the Regiment to find work and business opportunities. The Friends is a strong network bringing together the whole of the regimental family: Those serving and those who have served; and their family, friends and supporters. The Friends will offer links, social events and help wherever required. It aims to raise funds by running events or offering soldiers a job or advice.
Robert Malcombe Benner, Private 3rd Battalion The Queen's Regiment.
Died 29 November 1971. Aged 25.
Robert was shot when he was off duty and unarmed, he was abducted and murdered , at Teer near Crossmaglen, South Armagh.
Robert was visiting his fiancée at the time.
The 3rd Battalion were heavily involved in the internment operations, at first in Londonderry, and then later in Belfast where it was deployed chiefly in riot control in 1972. It was during this period that Robert Benner was murdered, becoming the second member of the Regiment killed in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland featured significantly in the Regiment’s first fifteen years, as it did in the Queen’s Regiment and Royal Hampshire Regiment before amalgamation. The Regiment’s deployments to the Province were as follows:
|1993 to 1995||Omagh.|
|1996||Two short deployments as the UK Standby Battalion, including West Belfast and Armagh.|
|1997 to 1998||West Belfast, followed by one composite company deployed with 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).|