Regimental Mottoes and Nicknames


The Regiment’s nickname is ‘The Tigers’. This is inherited from the Royal Hampshire Regiment, which as the 67th (South Hampshire) Regiment was awarded the figure of the royal tiger superscribed ‘India’ in 1826, following its return after twenty-one years’ service in India. The Regimental motto, inherited from The Queen's Regiment, is "Unconquered I Serve". The Regimental strapline is "Fierce Pride".

Past mottoes and nicknames are as follows:

The Queen’s Regiment
* Unconquered I Serve (From the combination of mottoes from The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and the Middlesex Regiment).

Queen’s Royal Regiment
* Pristinae Virtuitis Memor (Mindful of Former Glory)
* Vel Exuviae Triumphant (Victorious even in Adversity)

* The Other Surrey Regiment
* The Pork and Beans (Cockney slang)
* The First Tangerines (After Tangier and rhyme)
* Kirk’s Lambs (After aggressive action serving under Colonel Kirke during the Monmouth’s rebellion, 1685).
* The Mutton Lancers (After Paschal Lamb and Flag badge).

The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
* Veteri Frondescit Honore (Ever green with ancient honour).

* The Buffs (After the Regiment’s buff colour facings).
* The Buff Howards/Howard’s Old Buffs (After the buff facings and the regimental colonel 1737-1749).
* The Nutcrackers (After the way the Regiment smashed French heads in the Peninsular War).
* The Resurrectionists (After the speed of reforming after the Battle of Albuhera).
* The Admiral’s Regiment (Origin not known)

The East Surrey Regiment

* The Young Buffs (After being mistaken for the Buffs at the Battle of Dettingen by King George II, because of the Regiment’s buff facings).
* The Other Surrey Regiment.
* The Glasgow Greys (From the 70th Foot, having been raised in Glasgow and having grey facings).

The Royal Sussex Regiment
* The Belfast Regiment (from being raised in 1701 by the Earl of Donegall).
* The Orange Lillies (After the colour of their facings and the capture of the French Fleur-de-lis, from the Royal Roussillon Regiment at the Battle of Quebec 1759).
* The Prince of Orange’s Own Regiment.

The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment
* Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither right and glory lead – from the 97th Foot).
* Invicta (Unconquered – from the 50th Foot).

* The Dirty Half Hundred (After the colours of the black facings ran into the rest of the uniforms at the Battle of Vimiera in 1808).
* The Blind Half Hundred (After the Egyptian campaign of 1801, when a large percentage of the Regiment had eye disease).
* The Devil’s Royals (A Peninsular War nickname originating from their celebrated charge at the Battle of Vimiera in 1809 when they charged a French column of five Regiments and routed it.)
* The Gallant Half-Hundred.
* The Celestials (After the colour of the 97th Foot’s heavenly blue facings).
* The Mediterranean Greys (After the name given to them in Gibraltar in 1743 because of the elderly look of all ranks after ten years in station).

The Middlesex Regiment
* Ich Dien (I Serve).

* The Die Hards (After Colonel Inglis’s exhortation at the Battle of Albuhera).
* The Mids.
* The Steelbacks
* The Pot Hooks (After the shape of the numerals of the 77th Foot).

The Royal Hampshire Regiment
* The Tigers (Already explained).
* The Stonewallers (After gaining the reputation in the First World War for never losing a trench to the Germans).