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             History Of The Shiny Tenth.

At the time of the First Jacobite Rebellion in 1715, the 10th Regiment of Dragoons was raised in Hertfordshire by Brigadier Humphrey Gore. The Regiment distinguished itself in the secound Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 at Falkirk and Culloden and also in the principle actions after 1758 in the Seven Years War in Europe. The Regiment campaigned in the Peninsula War and fought at Waterloo. The 10th were in the Crimea and were awarded two VC's in the South African War.

In 1784 HM King George III appointed his son then Prince of Wales, as Colonel of the Regiment which has since borne the title of "Prince of Wales'Own" with the coronet and feathers, together with the rising sun and Red Dragon (the ancient badges of Wales) and the motto "Ich Dien" (I Serve).

In 1806 the Prince of Wales obtained Permission to clothe and equip the Regiment as Hussars and it thus became the First Hussar Regiment in the British Army. When appointed Regent, the Prince of Wales made the 10th a Royal Regiment and directed that it should be known as "The Tenth, The Prince of Wales'Own Royal Regiment of Hussars

The 10th Royal Hussars were originally known as the "Chainy Tenth" because of their elaborate cross belts, this gradually changed to the "Shiny Tenth".

The character of the Regiment remained unchanged until 1936 when mechanisation took place, although the Regiment still performed its role of Divisional Cavalry.

The 10th Hussars has taken part in most of the campaigns of the British Army from the Seven Years War in 1758 to the War of 1939-1945 and has seen service in most parts of the world.

On the 25th of October 1969 the 10th Royal Hussars(P.W.O) amalgamated with the 11th Hussars(P.A.O) to form The Royal Hussars(P.W.O).

On the 4th December 1992 the Royal Hussars(P.W.O) amalgamated with the 14th/20th King's Hussars to become The King's Royal Hussars.