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The King's Royal Hussars
Kings-Royal-Hussars cap badge.gif
Cap badge of the King's Royal Hussars
Active 2 December 1992-
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  United Kingdom Army
Type Line Cavalry
Role Armoured
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ RHQ (North) - Preston
RHQ (South) - Winchester
Regiment - Tidworth
Commanders
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Princess Royal
Colonel of
the Regiment
General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash KRH TRF.svg
Arm Badge Crossed Kukris
From 14th/20th King's Hussars
Abbreviation KRH

The King's Royal Hussars (KRH) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It is part of the Royal Armoured Corps. The regiment was formed in 1992 and is based at Tidworth. It serves as the armoured regiment of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade.

Under Army 2020 Refine, it will exchange its Challenger 2 tanks for Ajax vehicles.

History

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The King's Royal Hussars receiving the Freedom of Winchester from the Princess Royal

The regiment was formed on 4 December 1992 by the amalgamation of two other regiments:

  • The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own) (an amalgamation of the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own) and 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)) and
  • 14th/20th King's Hussars (an amalgamation of the 14th King's Hussars and the 20th Hussars).

The regiment was based at York Barracks in Münster at the time of amalgamation from where it deployed units to Northern Ireland on Operation Banner in June 1994 and to Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 1996: it spent its time as part of 2nd Canadian Multi National Brigade and was awarded the Canadian Forces' Unit Commendation - the first time that this had been awarded to a foreign unit.

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Operation Banner Memorial Service at St Paul Cathedral, London

The regiment has deployed units to Bosnia, Herzegovin and Kosovo and also units to Northern Ireland and Iraq - Operation Telic and Operation Herrick.

The regiment wear the crossed kukri 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, 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 regiment.

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