In April 2004 1 PWRR deployed for a six month tour to Iraq. The battalion grouping took over responsibility for Maysan Province. One company was deployed to Basrah and one, as the Brigade Reserve, covered the whole of the Southern Iraq area of operations. Already present was a PWRR composite platoon from 2 and 3 PWRR, attached to the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
This picture shows how The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment was formed, with details of each of the Regiment's Forebears with the year of their formation. It shows that we can trace back our history to the 1572 to the formation of Captain Morgan's Trained Bands of London,
But can we claim that our heritage goes even further?
On display in the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, this oil on canvas depicts a chestnut stallion which served with the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment in theatres from the Crimea to Ireland between 1855 and 1877.
August 2004: The battle Group based on 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal regiment took over responsibility for Maysan Province, Iraq, in April 2004. CIMIC House, the former residence of the Maysan Provincial Governor, is situated in the centre of Al Amaragh beside the River Tigris. The Coalition Provincial Authority (CPA) and Civil-Military Co-Operation (CIMIC) teams chose to use it as their base, and Y Company was deployed there to provide security.
This well known watercolour was originally on display in the Officer’s Mess at the Buffs Regimental Depot in Canterbury and is currently on display in the Officers’ Mess of Second Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. Referring to a man of East Kent – ‘Kentish’ describing someone of West Kent – it depicts a soldier of the Buffs (the Regiment of East Kent), walking in Flanders during the Great War. He is most likely from the 2nd Battalion.
This portrait depicts Catherine of Braganza, who was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685, as the wife of King Charles II. Catherine was born into the House of Braganza on 25 November 1638, the most senior noble house of Portugal at the time which became Portugal's royal house after Catherine's father, John, 8th Duke of Braganza, was proclaimed King John IV (of Portugal) after deposing the House of Habsburg in 1640.
This painting is by the Artist David Rowlands commissioned by the 3rd Battalion’s then Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Mogg TD, who commanded the Battalion from 2008 to 2010. This picture depicts a hundred years of The Tigers and their antecedent regiments on operations worldwide.
From Left to Right:
1/6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment, India and Mesopotamia 1914-18.
7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), Western Front 1915. New Army battalion raised in Canterbury.
4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, El Alamein 1942
The Regiment was formed on 9 September 1992 as a result of the Government's Options for Change by the amalgamation of The Queen's Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment. HRH Diana, Princess of Wales was appointed the first Colonel -in-Chief of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in 1992. She relinquished this appointment in 1996 following her divorce from Prince Charles. HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, formerly the Allied Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen's Regiment and The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, was appointed Colonel-in-Chief in 1997.
This portrait of Queen Victoria was painted in 1842 by Franz Zaver Winterhalter, three years after she had ascended the throne, and the year that she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Victoria and Albert enjoyed a happy family life and had nine children. After Albert's untimely death in 1861, Victoria was left shattered and withdrew from public life for nearly two decades. Only during the 1880s did she return to the forefront of British politics, and was subsequently restored to favour with the British people.
"Steady the Drums and Fifes" was painted in 1897 by Lady Elizabeth Butler who was a famous artist who specialised in painting scenes from battles of the 19th century and World War One. The painting depicts the drummers of the 57th of Foot on the ridge above Albuhera under contact with the French Forces. What is striking is how young the drummers are and that they are visibly shaken by what is going on around them.