The Regiment was formed in 1690 in Scotland as Dragoons. It was again disbanded in 1714 and restored the following year and had the title "H.R.H. The Princess of Wales Own Regiment of Dragoons" bestowed on it. On the accession of the Prince of Wales as George the second, the Prince became Queen Consort and the Regimental title was amended accordingly to "The 7th" or "The Queen's Own Dragoons". In 1742 it was numbered the 7th. It later became converted to Light Dragoons in 1783 and to Hussars on the 25th December 1807 becoming The 7th (Queens Own) Hussars. Several other changes followed but it was finally know as the "7th Queens Own Hussars".
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