Published 24 April 2018

In a ceremony in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, The Queen, as Colonel-in-Chief, presented a new Standard to the Royal Tank Regiment.

The Queen presents a new Standard to the Royal Tank Regiment.

Forged during the First World War, Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit the world. Previously known as the Tank Corps, the Regiment's first Colonel-in-Chief was the King George V and in 1939 the Regiment became known as the Royal Tank Regiment.

The ceremony started with The Queen meeting the Regiment's Colonel Commandant, Major General John Patterson.

As Her Majesty entered St George's Hall, the Royal Tank Regiment performed a Royal Salute and the National Anthem. The new Standard was then consecrated by the Chaplain General and the Regimental Chaplain.

The Queen then presented the new Standard and gave a short address:

Since the Regiment’s birth, only the Monarch has presented a New Standard and so now, a century later, I take great pleasure in presenting you with your New Standard today. 

In October 1960, The Queen presented the first standards to the Regiment's eight Battalions at Buckingham Palace. At that occasion, Her Majesty recalled the King George VI has seen the first tank demonstrated in 1916 and how he had embodied the Royal Tank Corps into the Regular Army in 1923. Since 1960, The Queen has twice presented new standards to the Regiment; in 1985 in Sennelager, Germany and in 2008 at Buckingham Palace.

Standards evolved from the banners of the Knights of the Middle Ages. They act both as a rallying point for troops and to mark the location of the Commander.

The new standard has been emblazoned with the Regiment's crest and Battle Honours.