The Queen's Regiment
As a result of further changes in the structure of the Army, on December 31st 1966 The Queen’s Regiment was formed, and the 1st Bn The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment became the 1st Bn The Queen’s Regiment, (Queen’s Surreys). The Queen’s Regiment then incorporated all the former County Regiments of Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Middlesex. They were:-
The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) - 2nd Foot
The East Surrey Regiment - 31st & 70th Foot
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) - 3rd Foot
The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment - 50th & 97th Foot
The Royal Sussex Regiment - 35th & 107th Foot
The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) - 57th & 77th Foot
The Regiment initially had four regular battalions but the 4th Battalion was disbanded in 1970. There were three Territorial battalions The 5th (Volunteer), 6/7th (Volunteer) and for a short time the 8th Queen’s Fusiliers (City of London).
Each Regular Army battalion had its own band until 1984 when, due to further Defence Cuts, they were amalgamated into two, the Albuhera Band and the Quebec Band. However, the Territorial Army band which served with the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion based at Canterbury, survived.
The Queen’s Regiment Memorial
The Queen's Regiment Memorial at The National Memorial Arboretum
Dedicated on15 May 2016.
It was officiated by The Right Reverend John Kirkham MA (sometime Bishop of Sherborne and Bishop to The Armed Forces) and assisted by The Reverend Canon Christopher Tuckwell (late The Queen's Regiment.)
The Queen's Regimental Association
The Regimental Motto :