Royal Colonels and Colonel of the Regiment


Her Majesty The Queen,

The Royal Lancers is proud to have Her Majesty as its Colonel-in-Chief, a position she first held since 1947 with the 16th/5th Lancers and was subsequently the Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen's Royal Lancers


Deputy Colonels-in-Chief

HRH The Duke of York was was Colonel-in-Chief of the 9th/12th Lancers and on the creation of The Royal Lancers he became Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Lancers.

HRH Princess Alexandra was previously Colonel-in-Chief of the 17th/21st Lancers and on the creation of The Queen's Royal Lancers, became Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.  Her Royal Highness continues to hold this appointment in The Royal Lancers.

Princess Alexandra

Brigadier A G Hughes CBE, Colonel The Royal Lancers

Andrew Hughes was commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers, an armoured regiment, in 1986.  He commanded his troop during the Cold War in Germany and his squadron in Germany and the Balkans. He commanded his regiment, by then amalgamated to form The Queen's Royal Lancers, in England and the Gulf. His command tour also included re-rolling the regiment from the armoured to the armoured reconnaissance role.    He has a BSc in Agriculture from Reading University and an MA in Defence Technology from Cranfield University. On amalgamation he is to assume the appointment of Colonel of the Regiment and he is extremely honoured to assume the Colonelcy of the new Regiment.  He is married to Polly and they own a very small small-holding in Dorset where he enjoys gardening, running a few sheep and planting trees. They have 3 children aged 19, 17 and 13 and he spends as much time as he can supporting their sporting endeavours.