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Queen pays tribute to Royal Tank Regiment’s ‘hard work and ingenuity’

The Queen has paid tribute to the efforts of the Royal Tank Regiment as she presented the unit with a new standard.

As Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, the Queen hosted its soldiers and officers at Windsor Castle and told them their ‘reputation for hard work and ingenuity endures’. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment, after presenting the regiment with their new standard in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the efforts of the Royal Tank Regiment as she presented the unit with a new standard

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the efforts of the Royal Tank Regiment as she presented the unit with a new standard

The queen's grandfather, King George V, (pictured) visited trials of early tanks at Elveden in Suffolk in July 1916

The queen’s grandfather, King George V, (pictured) visited trials of early tanks at Elveden in Suffolk in July 1916

Queen Elizabeth II presents the Royal Tank Regiment with a new standard in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

Queen Elizabeth II told them their 'reputation for hard work and ingenuity endures'

Queen Elizabeth II presents the Royal Tank Regiment with a new standard in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

The Queen highlighted the ‘unbreakable connection’ that has existed between the sovereign and the Royal Tank Regiment since her grandfather, King George V, visited trials of early tanks at Elveden in Suffolk in July 1916.

She told the servicemen, who were joined by their partners: ‘Of course much has changed since 1916. Technology has evolved, and the regiment with it.

As Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, the Queen hosted its soldiers and officers at Windsor Castle

As Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, the Queen hosted its soldiers and officers at Windsor Castle

The Queen highlighted the 'unbreakable connection' that has existed between the sovereign and the Royal Tank Regiment

The Queen highlighted the ‘unbreakable connection’ that has existed between the sovereign and the Royal Tank Regiment

The Queen's grandfather, King George V, visited trials of early tanks at Elveden in Suffolk in July 1916

The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, visited trials of early tanks at Elveden in Suffolk in July 1916

Queen Elizabeth II told the servicemen, who were joined by their partners: ‘Of course much has changed since 1916. Technology has evolved, and the regiment with it’

‘But the regiments reputation for hard work and ingenuity endures. And the bond within tank crews, within squadrons and within the regiment remains undiminished.

‘The standard is the symbol of that bond between the men and women who serve in the regiment and of your allegiance to the Sovereign and to the nation.

‘It bears the place-names of the regiments hard-won battle honours and, in an increasingly uncertain world, it serves to remind us of the sacrifices which have been made in the past on behalf of the nation.’

A standard – or regimental flag – was originally used as a rallying point on the battlefield to help troops avoid becoming disorientated by the fog of war, and today have great symbolic value.

HISTORY OF THE ROYAL TANK REGIMENT FROM 1916 

  • The Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world
  • It was formed by the British Army in 1916 during the Great War
  • Nowadays it is the armoured regiment of the British Army’s First Armoured Infantry Brigade 
  • The formation of the Royal Tank Regiment followed the invention of the tank
  • Tanks were first used at the Battle of Flers–Courcelette in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme in WW1
  • Formally known as the Tank Corps and the Royal Tank Corps, the RTR  is part of the Royal Armoured Corps
  • The official motto of the Royal Tank Regiment is Fear Naught which is inscribed on the RTR cap badge 
  • In 1923 it was officially named Royal, making it the Royal Tank Corps, by Colonel-in-Chief King George V
  • Before the Second World War, Royal Tank Corps recruits were required to be at least 5 feet 4 inches tall. 
  • They initially enlisted for six years with the colours and a further six years with the reserve
  • The creation of the Royal Tank Regiment was due to the invention of the Tank

It was consecrated by the British Army’s Chaplain General, Reverend Dr David Coulter, before the Queen presented the standard to the regiment in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall.

The Queen was presenting her fourth standard to the regiment which was forged during the First World War and since the Second World War has deployed to almost every major conflict.

St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire where Queen Elizabeth II presented the Royal Tank regiment with their new standard

St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire where Queen Elizabeth II presented the Royal Tank regiment with their new standard

The Queen was presenting her fourth standard to the regiment which was forged during the First World War

The Queen was presenting her fourth standard to the regiment which was forged during the First World War

Since the Second World War the regiment has been deployed to almost every major conflict

A standard - or regimental flag - was originally used as a rallying point on the battlefield to help troops avoid becoming disorientated by the fog of war

A standard – or regimental flag – was originally used as a rallying point on the battlefield to help troops avoid becoming disorientated by the fog of war

 



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