Birmingham Post; 11/25/2005
Queen approves new Army titles
The Queen has given Royal Assent to new Army regimental titles.
The move confirmed that one of the new regiments will be know as The Rifles.
It will be an amalgamation of four famous regiments - The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, The Light Infantry - which has historic links with Shropshire and Herefordshire - and The Royal Green Jackets.
The Rifles will be formed in 2007 and the new name will evoke memories of The Rifle Brigade which was formed in the early 19th Century and amalgamated into The Royal Green Jackets in 1966.
Author Bernard Cornwell's fictional soldier Richard Sharpe, played by Sean Bean on television, was a member of The Rifle Brigade.
The Rifles will have five battalions and two Territorial Army battalions The final wording for another new regimental name - The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) - has also been given Royal Assent.
It will be formed from The King's Own Border Regiment, The King's Regiment and The Queen's Lancaster Regiment in July next year.
The Queen also gave Royal Assent to the name for the controversial new Scottish super-regiment The Royal Regiment of Scotland to be formed by the end of March next year.
Defence Secretary John Reid, said: "There has been a constant process of change and regeneration in the Army in which new organisations have been created, drawing from previous military renown, while developing their own traditions and reputations."
General Sir Mike Jackson, Chief of the General Staff, said: "The Army has consulted extensively to find the best names for the new regiments, taking into consideration history and their role in the Army.
"I am confident that these changes will contribute significantly towards our ability to deliver a truly robust and expeditionary Army."
The proposal had angered some veterans, and MPs had urged Ministers to think again.
The plea was made by Mark Pritchard (Con The Wrekin), Daniel Kawczynski (Con Shrewsbury & Atcham), Owen Paterson (Con North Shropshire) and William Cash (Con Stone).
They signed a joint Commons motion urging the Government "to preserve the historic name of the Light Infantry
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