The King’s Royal Hussars

Cap badge of The King's Royal HussarsThe Kings Royal Hussars were founded on the 4th December 1992 through the amalgamation of The 14th/20th King’s Hussars and The Royal Hussars (PWO). The Regiment has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. It is currently equipped with Challenger 2 and is stationed as part of 12 Mech Brigade in Aliwell Barracks, Tidworth, Hampshire.

Armoured soldiers frequently operate as foot soldiers on the streets of Belfast, or anywhere the army is serving in the world including Afghanistan where it is currently in operations.

On 14 April 2012 The King’s Royal Hussars took over responsibility for the Lashkar Gah district in Helmand Province from The Queen’s Royal Hussars and is still there today.

The Regiment recruits its soldiers from Lancashire and the Greater Manchester area in the North, and Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands in the South.

Uniform of The Kings Royal Hussars

Crimson Trousers

The Regiment wears crimson trousers when in ceremonial, No1 or No2 dress, and for officers, SNCOs and NCOs, when wearing mess dress. They may also appear in shirt sleeve order as worn by officers, including those on secondment to the regiment from other units. This distinctive feature, KRH No1 Dresswhich is unique in the British Army, derives from the honour accorded to the 11th Hussars by Prince Albert the future consort of Queen Victoria. The regiment, then based at Canterbury formed the escort for the Prince from his arrival at Dover on route to his wedding in London to Queen Victoria. The Prince was so impressed with the bearing and turnout of the troops that he ordered that they should henceforth wear his livery as a mark of distinction.

Brown BeretBeret as worn by the Kings Royal Hussars today

The regiment wears a unique brown beret. This practice began when the 11th Hussars were mechanized in 1928. It was found that the traditional forage cap with a peak was inconvenient when peering through an armoured sight, so it was decided to adopt a beret. It is believed that the brown colour was selected by the then Quartermaster’s wife as a practical choice for working with dirty, oily vehicles, rather than nice, clean horses. The beret was originally worn without a cap badge but with a broad crimson band. This band is represented today by the crimson patch backing the cap badge.

The wearing of the Kukri’s

6th Gurkhas Crossed KukrisThe KRH wear the crossed kukris of the Gurkhas as an arm badge. This relates back to 1945 when C Squadron, 14th/20th King’s Hussars assaulted the town of Medicina in Italy alongside the 2nd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles (As seen below), inflicting heavy losses on the German defenders despite being outnumbered. In commemoration of this action the 14th/20th King’s Hussars adopted the crossed kukri badge, a tradition maintained by The Kings Royal Hussars to this day.

Gurkhas were in the streets of Italy during World War II. This painting by military artist Terence Cuneo shows 2/6th Gurkhas and 14th/20th The King's Hussars enter Medicina, Italy.

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