In the British Army’s cavalry units, the Queen’s Cavalry Standard and the Regimental Standard (for the heavy cavalry) and the Queen’s Cavalry Standard and Regimental Guidons (for the light cavalry) are the equivalents to the line infantry colours.
Battle Honours obtained in the Great War or the Second World War are grouped together on the Reverse side of the Guidon, chronologically but by Theatre. Hence KHAN BAGDHADI appears after AMEINS, and VILLERS BOCAGE appears before EL ALAMEIN. Those Honours not obtained in the two World Wars appear on the Obverse side of the Guidon, in chronological order.
Forty-four battle honours are emblazoned on the Regiment’s Guidon, presented on Friday, 13th June 1997 by the then Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
|South Africa 1900-02||Imjin|
|Korea 1950-51||Gulf 1991|
|Ypres 1916-18||Givenchy 1914|
|Somme 1916-18||Cambrai 1917-18|
|Amiens Khan||Khan Baghdadi|
|Buq Buq||Beda Fomm|
|Sidi Rezegh 1941||Alam el Halfa|
|El Alamein||Citta della Pieve|
|Italy 1944-45||Greece 1941|
The Guidon is kept encased in Regimental Headquarters and is saluted by all ranks. The Regimental Sergeant Major is responsible for its safety. When the Guidon is carried on parade, it is borne by the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, escorted by two Sergeant Majors with swords drawn. The Guidon party is commanded by the Regimental Sergeant Major. All members of the Guidon party wear No.1 Dress on parade.