In 1689 the Lord High Admiral’s Regiment, the 3rd Foot, was disbanded. The Holland Regiment took its place as the 3rd Regiment of Foot, and Prince George of Denmark, who was the husband of Princess (later Queen) Anne and Lord High Admiral, was appointed Honorary Colonel. From 1689 until his death in 1708, and following the custom of the time, The Holland Regiment was known as Prince George of Denmark’s Regiment.
The first link that the Regiment had with HRH The Princess of Wales was in 1714 when The Queen's took on the title of HRH The Princess of Wales Own Royal Regiment. The then Princess of Wales was Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach, more commonly known as Caroline of Ansbach. She married the then Prince of Wales who later became King George II.
Since the foundation of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment on the 9th September 1992, the Regiment has continued to maintain the best traditions of the past, whilst establishing a sound professional reputation in its new guise. The inherited traditions are explained in other parts of this Online Museum; this chapter illustrates the activities of the current Regiment.
The re-organisation of the Army in the early 1990s, called Options for Change, necessitated new Collects or regimental prayers, and provided the opportunity to amend existing ones. The current collection is the work of the Reverend R A McDowall and included the Regimental Collect of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. It is said at all religious services that include the Regiment and reads as follows:
The Tigers are a fighting regiment - we thrive on complex, tough operations. We are the senior English Regiment of the Line. We are forward looking, yet fiercely proud of our famous forebear regiments whose fighting spirit and traditions thrive in today’s Regiment.
The 1st Battalion of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment has the unique Army distinction of still retaining a Third or ‘Colonel’s’ Colour. This distinction, dating from the late 17th Century, was inherited from The Queen’s Royal Regiment.
Our Forebear Regiment 67th of Foot, having served 21 years of active service in India was ordered by to England in 1826. In commemoration of this, King George IV authorized the figure of the Royal Bengal Tiger with the word 'India' superscribed to be borne on its Regimental Colour and other appointments. The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment retains this honour today and maintains the nickname of 'The Tigers'.
Officers and Solider of the Regiment ware a 'Tiger' badge on their right arm.
The Tigers' Regimental Association is based at Regimental Headquarters at the Tower of London. Its main aims are to foster the spirit of comradeship between all members of the Regiment and to provide assistance to past and present members, their wives, children or other dependents who are in distress or suffering financial hardship. Its membership, which is free, comprises all officers and soldiers who have served or are serving in the Tigers. The forebear regiments also have their own regimental associations, the details of which can be obtained from Regimental Headquarters.
THE TIGERS’ FOREBEAR REGIMENTS IN THE PENINSULAR WAR
Colonel Patrick Crowley, Deputy Colonel Heritage
The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) or ‘The Tigers’ have a long and distinguished military heritage, with strong connections to the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. This is particularly notable, when it comes to the commemoration of the Battle of Albuhera and the part played by:
• 3rd Foot, The Buffs, later The Royal East Kent Regiment,
• 2nd Battalion 31st Foot, later The East Surrey Regiment and
There remain many opportunities for ‘The Tigers’ to serve overseas, either with a battalion or as an individual, including exchange opportunities in Australia and New Zealand or loan service posts in Eastern Europe and Western Africa. Training activities are varied and overseas training exercises offer soldiers the opportunity to experience varied conditions in unique and unusual terrain.