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Active: 23 March 1969-Present
Country: United Kingdom
Division: Household Cavalry
Role: Formation Reconnaissance/Ceremonial
Part of: Household Cavalry
Garrison/HQRHQ - London
Nickname: The Tin Bellies, Dinks.
Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense (evil be to him who evil thinks)
March: Quick March of the Blues and Royals
Slow: Slow March of the Blues and Royals
Trot Past: Keel Row
The Blues and Royals is one of two regiments of the Household Division that can trace its lineage back to the New Model Army, the other being the Coldstream Guards.
The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of The Royal Horse Guards, which was known as "The Blues" or "The Oxford Blues", and The Royal Dragoons, which was known as "The Royals".
Since then, the new regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus. During the Falklands War of 1982, the regiment provided the two armoured reconnaissance troops. The regiment also had a squadron on operational duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994/1995.
As a result of the Options for Change Review in 1991, the Blues and Royals formed a union for operational purposes with the Life Guards as the Household Cavalry Regiment. However they each maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. The Blues and Royals currently has two reconnaissance squadrons in Windsor, which are part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, and a mounted squadron in London as part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Newly commissioned officers in the Blues and Royals are named Cornets rather than second lieutenants.
The Blues and Royals wear the Home Service helmet. They are the only British Army Regiment entitled to salute without head dress. Prince Harry wore the uniform at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Colonel-in-Chief: Her Majesty The Queen
Colonel of the Regiment: HRH The Princess Royal
Lieutenant Colonel Commmanding and Silver Stick: Major General E A Smyth-Osbourne, The Life Guards
Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Regiment: Lieutenant Colonel D James, The Life Guards
Commanding Officer Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment: Lieutenant Colonel P A Bedford The Blues and Royals