The Queen's Royal Lancers is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, which can trace its lineage back 250 years to the death of General Wolfe. The Queen's visit marked the 250th anniversary of the raising of the 17th Light Dragoons. The 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) was a cavalry regiment most famous for its participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.
In 1759 Colonel John Hale of the 47th Foot was ordered home by General James Wolfe just prior to the General's death, with the final dispatches and news of Wolfe's victory in the Battle of Quebec. For bringing news of the victory, Hale was rewarded with land in Canada and permission to raise a regiment of light dragoons.
The new regiment was known as the 17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons and was also known as Hale's Light Horse after its founder. The admiration of his men for General Wolfe was evident in the cap badge Colonel Hale chose for the regiment: the Death's Head with the motto "Or Glory". Death or Glory is the motto of the regiment to this day.
Various amalgamations have resulted in its absorption into the Queen's Royal Lancers (which also incorporates the 5th Lancers, 16th Lancers and 21st Lancers).