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Blues and Royals

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The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry.

The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of The Royal Horse Guards who were known as "The Blues" and The Royal Dragoons who were known as "The Royals".

Since then, the new regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus. During the Falklands War of 1982, the regiment provided the two armoured reconnaissance troops. The Regiment also had a squadron on operational duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994/1995.

The regiment has the combined battle honours of the Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Dragoons plus the honour Falkland Islands 1982.

As a result of the Options for Change Review in 1991, the Blues and Royals were amalgamated for operational purposes with the Life Guards to form the Household Cavalry Regiment. However they maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. The Blues and Royals currently have two recconnaisance squadrons in Windsor and a mounted ceremonial squadron in London.

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