The King’s Royal Hussars
The King’s Royal Hussars is the successor regiment to the 10th., 11th. and 14th. Light Dragoons, the formation of which was approved by King George I in July 1715 as part of an army tasked to counter the Jacobite rebellion. Known as the light cavalry, later the Light Brigade, they were subsequently amalgamated with the 11th. Hussars.
In July 2011, the KRH trooped its Guidon through Hamble and beat retreat at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the precursor to a unique Twinning arrangement, engendered by the strong historical connection that they shared in the flamboyant figure of the late Lt.Gen. James Brudenell, 7th. Earl of Cardigan. He commanded the 11th. from 1840-1854 and was concurrently Commodore of the Club from 1847-1868. His Lordship is reputed to have flown the colours of the Club on his yacht Dryad, moored in Balaclava Harbour for the duration of the Crimean War, where he famously commanded the Light Brigade and led it’s famous “Charge”.
This Twinning Arrangement seeks to establish and maintain, in perpetuity, friendly relations between Club and Regiment and, through that friendship, promote sailing, social, educational and youth exchanges, and share a supportive interest in each other’s activities as appropriate.
Most recently, in April 2015 a KRH crew sailed alongside the Royal Southern in Antigua Sailing Week and in July 2015, Members of the Club attended the Regiment’s Tercentenary Parade at their Tidworth garrison, commanded by Lt.Col. Justin Kingsford.