Regimental Traditions

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The Royal Regiment of Artillery is the artillery arm of the British Army and has been in official service since 1716. Despite the name, the unit actually comprises several regiments. It has participated in every campaign in which the Army has been involved.


The Royal Horse Artillery on parade with its guns, takes precedence over all other Regiments and Corps of the British Army. Otherwise the precedence is LG and RHG/D, RHA, RAC, RA followed by other Arms and Services.


The Colours of the Royal Regiment of Artillery are its Guns or Guided Weapons. When on parade on Ceremonial occasions the Guns and Guided Weapons are to be accorded the same compliments as the Standards, Guidons and Colours of the Cavalry and Infantry.

Mottoes & Arms

The Regimental Mottoes and Arms were granted by King William IV in 1832.

Ubique, Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt
Everywhere, Where Right and Glory Lead

A general Regimental Order was published in 1833 which stated that the word ‘Ubique’ was to be substituted in lieu of all other terms of distinction hitherto borne on any part of the Dress of Appointments, throughout the whole Regiment. The motto ‘Ubique’ thus took the place of all battle honours conferred on the Regiment prior to that date and all which have been earned by the regiment since then. The Regiment proudly refers to ‘Ubique’ as its Battle Honour.

The Coat of Arms of the Regiment is the Royal Arms and Supporters over a gun with the mottoes Ubique and Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt on scrolls above and below the gun.

Regimental Marches

The Royal Artillery Quick March (1983 to date) is an arrangement of

  • The British Grenadiers and the Voice of the Guns.
  • The Regimental Trot Past – The Keel Row.
  • The Regimental Gallop Past – Bonnie Dundee.
  • The Royal Artillery Slow March (from c.1836 to date).


The Royal Artillery Standard (approved in 1947) is for ceremonial use only, and is flown by RA Headquarters and formations, units and sub units during visits by Royalty and the Master Gunner, the representative Colonel Commandant and the DRA. When flown at a Regimental Headquarters the Regimental Number is inserted in white Arabic numerals in the lower portion.

Regimental Flag

The Regimental Flag is flown for day-to-day use at Headquarters but is not carried on parade.

Honour Titles

Honour Titles may be granted to individual batteries to commemorate exceptional acts of service by the unit or a major part thereof. they are not to be confused with Battle Honours such as are conferred on cavalry and infantry regiments.

Source: The Garrison