The Army went through a major reorganisation as a result of the end of The Cold War in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the threat from The Warsaw Pact. ‘Options for Change’ was the name given to the British review, which was announced in 1990 and aimed to produce ‘smaller, better equipped, properly trained and housed, and well motivated forces’. The planned reductions were delayed because of The Gulf War, but the final plan included the reduction of infantry strength from fifty-five to forty battalions.
The Queen’s Regiment was amalgamated with The Royal Hampshire Regiment on the 9th September 1992 (Salerno Day) to form The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires), with a reduction from four regular battalions to two. There would be two Territorial battalions, the 5th and the 6/7th, and one Territorial Company (‘B’ [Queen’s Regiment] Company) within the new London Regiment. The Regiment’s nickname was to be ‘The Tigers’.
Thus the traditions, which dated back to The Trained Bands of the County of Southampton and the City of London and the raising of the Tangier Regiment in 1661, were to be remembered, adjusted and carried forward to the new Regiment. Twelve regiments of the Line, which had varied in shape and size throughout their glorious history, were reduced to two regular battalions of one regiment. The best traditions of the past are remembered today, though the modern professional soldier lives in the present and prepares for the future.
‘In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in the ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger.’
William Shakespeare, King Henry V