Royal Dragoon Guards
The Royal Dragoon Guards is a cavalry regiment that can trace its ancestry back to 1685, and was formed by the amalgamation of four of the senior cavalry regiments in the British Army. It recruits mainly in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland, and its Battle Honours emblazoned on its Standards embody the history of the British Army over 300 years.
The Royal Dragoon Guards draws its collections from items relating to its antecedent regiments; 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards, 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, and 7th (Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards.
The cavalry has played an incredible important role in almost all major British conflicts, either on horseback or in armoured vehicles. The Royal Dragoon Guards’ collections highlight this from their inception in 1685 to the present day.
Highlights of the collections include the Dettingen Standard, thought to be the oldest British cavalry standard in existence.