The Royal Welsh (R WELSH) (Welsh: Y Cymry Brenhinol) is one of the new large infantry regiments of the British Army. After the restructuring and reorganisation of the army in 2006, the Royal Welsh is one of three regiments to trace its lineage and draw its recruits primarily from Wales.
|The Royal Welsh|
Cap badge of the Royal Welsh
|Active||1 March 2006–|
|Role||1st Battalion – Armoured Infantry|
3rd Battalion – Army Reserve
|Part of||Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ – Cardiff|
1st Battalion – Tidworth
3rd Battalion – Cardiff
|Motto(s)||"Ich Dien" (German) "I Serve"|
"Gwell angau na Chywilydd" (Welsh) ("Better Death than Dishonour")
|March||Quick – Men of Harlech|
Slow – Forth to the Battle
|Mascot(s)||Persian Goat (Shenkin IV)|
|Anniversaries||St David's Day – 1 March|
|Colonel in Chief||HM The Queen|
|Maj-Gen James Swift, OBE (2016–21)|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
|Hackle||White (ORs only)|
From Royal Welch Fusiliers
The regiment's formation was announced on 16 December 2004 by Geoff Hoon and General Sir Mike Jackson as part of the restructuring of the infantry and it was actually formed on St David's Day, 1 March 2006. The Royal Welsh initially consisted of two Regular Army battalions, plus an Army Reserve battalion. The former regiments formed part of the battalion title (in brackets):
- 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Royal Welch Fusiliers) (ex 1st Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers (23rd Foot))
- 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Royal Regiment of Wales) (ex 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot))
The 1st battalion deployed to Afghanistan in October 2007, October 2009 and April 2012.
In July 2007 the 2nd battalion deployed to Iraq and between 2009 and 2011 the battalion deployed companies to Afghanistan.
The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh is an Army Reserve light infantry battalion based at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff, with company locations in Swansea, Pontypridd, Aberystwyth and Colwyn Bay. Paired with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, it also comes under 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade.
The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh is at The Barracks, Brecon. Meanwhile Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier is based at Cardiff Castle
The regiment's cap badge is a representation of the Prince of Wales's feathers (formerly the cap badge of the Royal Regiment of Wales), while the hackle of the Royal Welch Fusiliers is worn by all NCOs and Other Ranks. HM The Queen is the new regiment's Colonel-in-Chief.
The regiment includes a goat, presented by the monarch; this is not a mascot but a ranking soldier. Lance Corporal William Windsor retired on 20 May 2009; a replacement, Fusilier William Windsor, was appointed on 15 June 2009.
Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh
The Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh is an all-brass band within the British Army. Formed of 30 soldiers who are all members of the Army Reserve, it can provide a marching band, a concert band or a fanfare team.
In October 2009, due to £54m of Ministry of Defence budget cuts affecting front line services including the war in Afghanistan, all bookings from end of October 2009 until April 2010 were cancelled. This covered the Autumn Rugby Union Internationals and Remembrance Day. Band members agreed to honour all charity appearances during this period, but without pay.
Regimental Colonels have been as follows:
- 2011–2016: Brigadier Philip M. L. Napier, OBE
- 2016–Present: Maj-Gen James Swift, OBE
The regiment has received the Freedom of several locations throughout its history; these include:
23 July 2011: Bangor. 25 September 2010: Blackwood. 19 February 2011: Blaenau Gwent. 30 August 2008: Bridgend. 25 April 2009: Caernarfon. 26 September 2010: Caerphilly. 2008: Carmarthenshire. 25 April 2009: Ceredigion. 20 September 2010: Conwy. 13 June 2011: Denbighshire. 24 April 2009: Flintshire. 4 March 2011: Monmouthshire. 15 September 2018: Pembroke. 2010: Rhondda Cynon Taf. 5 June 2010: Torfaen. 21 February 2009: Vale of Glamorgan.
Canada – Royal 22e Régiment Canada – The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Australia – The Royal New South Wales Regiment South Africa – 121 South African Infantry Battalion South Africa – The Pretoria Regiment Pakistan – 4th Battalion, The Baloch Regiment Pakistan – 3rd Battalion, The Frontier Force Regiment Malaysia – 4th Battalion, The Royal Malay Regiment
Order of precedence
|Infantry Order of Precedence||Succeeded by|
The Royal Irish Regiment
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