The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR), the infantry regiment of choice for the South-East of England.

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) is England’s senior infantry regiment. Known as ‘The Tigers’, the Regiment is made up of Regimental Headquarters, three battalions and a Reserve company:

  • 1 PWRR – a Regular battalion currently based in Germany
  • 2 PWRR – a Regular battalion currently based in UK
  • 3 PWRR – a Reserve battalion based in the eastern side of our recruiting area in the South of England
  • 4 PWRR – a Reserve battalion based in the western side of our recruiting area in the South of England
  • B (Queen’s) Company The London Regiment, based in Edgware and Hornsey

Our soldiers come from the South-East of England including London, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Middlesex, The Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. As an infantry regiment, we are both fully armoured in Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles (1 PWRR), trained in dismounted close combat or fighting on foot (2 PWRR) and we are at the forefront of the Army Reserves equipped with the very latest equipment. We also support PWRR Army Cadet and Combined Cadet Force detachments all across the Home Counties.

The Tigers embody the virtues of courage, self-discipline and loyalty. We’ve been in every major conflict since the Second World War and is one of the most decorated regiments for gallantry in the British Army. These include 57 Victoria Crosses (the nation’s highest award for conspicuous gallantry), one of which was won in Iraq by Sgt Johnson Beharry, who is one of only two holders of the VC in the British Army.

The Tigers don’t live in the past, we learn from it so that we can deal effectively with the future.

History of the Regiment

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment was formed in 1992 by an amalgamation of The Queen’s Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment.

The Regiment is the proud inheritor of a history extending back to the very earliest beginnings of the British Army.

The examples of valour, adherence to duty and fortitude continue to inspire the current officers and soldiers of the modern Regiment, who are proud to belong to the oldest and most senior English Regiment of the Line.

The Regiment’s forebears are the great line regiments of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Hampshire, which have expanded and contracted in an ever-changing political climate.

The names of these regiments have changed over the centuries but have included The Queen’s Royal Regiment (2nd Foot), The Buffs (3rd Foot), The East Surrey Regiment (31st and 70th Foot), The Royal Sussex Regiment (35th and 107th Foot), The  Hampshire Regiment (37th and 67th Foot), The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment (50th and 97th Foot) and The Middlesex Regiment (57th and 77th Foot), The Royal Hampshire Regiment (formed 1946 from The Hampshire Regiment) and the Queen’s Regiment (formed 1966 from The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, The Queen’s Own Buffs The Royal Kent Regiment, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment).

Famous battles

The Regiment has been represented in virtually every campaign of the British Army and provided a significant contribution to many famous battles, including Blenheim, Quebec, Minden, Albuhera, Sobraon, Sevastopol, Gallipoli, Ypres, Kohima and Salerno.

In more recent years, the Regiment has helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion and was represented in the campaigns in Korea, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden, Borneo, Northern Ireland, Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The inherited traditions of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, which include the reputation for courage, endurance, determination, loyalty and good humour, are second to none.