17th 21st Lancers

1993 Amalgamation Parade

The 17th/21st Lancers were amalgamated with the 16th/5th Lancers on 25th June 1993. On that day the Queen attended the amalgamation parade and presented the reconstituted regiment with a guidon. This picture shows modern day ceremonial uniform. Only the band wear the traditional lancer tunics and czapkas. The officers escorting the Queen wear a uniform that is similar to the undress uniform worn at the beginning of the century. The only connection to the old full dress is the pouch-belt. The chain mail on the shoulders is worn to indicate cavalry. The officer in front has different collar dogs (badges) to the officer behind. His are 16th/5th while the officer behind wears 17th mottos. There is always heated debate when regiments amalgamate, about what badges are to be worn and what items of uniform to adopt. It is not unusual to find badges and acoutraments from both parent regiments being worn by officers and senior NCOs for the first few years.

17th Lancers: Uniforms | Regimental details


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