THE DUKE OF LANCASTER’S REGIMENT
(King’s, Lancashire and Border)
Some background information to the choice of the new title for the regiment and why it was decided to seek the Army Board’s approval to change the title to; 'The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border)'. The previous title for the amalgamated regiment was ‘The King’s, Lancashire and Border Regiment’, which was a result partly due to the three regiment’s not being able to agree and but also because last autumn little time was given for consultation and the system was pushing for an early decision before the end of 2004; so it fell to the direction of the Army Board to promulgate an amalgamated compromise which few were happy with. It has been clear during the interim period that this title although all encompassing was awkward, read like a list, and lacked general appeal. On reflection it was also considered that it would have poor recruiting value and media attraction. All three Regiments sought another title that in some way incorporated the past traditions and backgrounds but at the same time was Royal, concise and also had a clear link to the region. Compromise was required and a title that looked forward rather than back, a break with any previous title of the three regiments and took the new Regiment away from a focus on previous regimental identities.
The attraction of the title 'The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment' is that it has historic roots over many centuries with the sovereign, with military skill and achievement, and with the recruiting areas of the three predecessor regiments. No other title more fittingly embraces the Royal regiment status of the three predecessor regiments, at the same time linking them to their homes in the North West of England. The Duchy of Lancaster is one of only two royal duchies in the United Kingdom . The other is the Duchy of Cornwall. The Duke of Lancaster has been the reigning sovereign, the King or Queen, since 1399.
The historic County Palatine of Lancaster existed until 1972 when boundaries were revised. The County Palatine included the majority of what is now Merseyside, the majority of what is now Greater Manchester, all of the current county of Lancashire and parts of Cumbria . In fact the historic County Palatine embraced major recruiting areas of The King's Own Royal Border Regiment, The King's Regiment and The Queen's Lancashire Regiment.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment of two regular battalions and one Territorial Army battalion will be formed on the 1st July 2006. One regular battalion will be based in Osnabruck in Germany as part of 12 Mechanised Brigade. The other regular battalion will be based in Catterick in North Yorkshire as part of 19 Infantry Brigade. The TA battalion will have its Headquarters in Preston with companies across the region as part of 42 (North West) Brigade; one of its primary roles will be to provide operational reinforcement to the two regular battalions. Regimental Headquarters will be at Fulwood Barracks in Preston with outstations in Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester.
The last active posting of the 1st Battalion The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment will be to Iraq from October 2005 to April 2006. The battalion will be part of 7 Armoured Brigade and operating in the light role. Its home base in the UK at North Luffenham will remain open with a small Rear Party who will continue to care for the families. On return the battalion will take leave and arrange the final farewell parade for The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment before starting the process of merging with the King’s and Queen’s Lancashire regiments. This process will be complete by April 2007.<Back to Top>