Diana, Princess of Wales


Diana, Princess of Wales, was appointed as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1985. This was a popular choice throughout the Regiment especially as she had visited the 1st Battalion regularly, including during their residential tour of Londonderry in 1991. It was considered to be a logical choice of name for the new regiment when it was formed in 1992 and she became the first Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment until she relinquished the post in 1996 following her separation from HRH Prince Charles. The title for the regiment had also been used by The Queen’s in the early eighteenth century when the regiment was known as HRH The Princess of Wales Own Regiment of Foot.