Traditions of the Royal Artillery
The Royal Horse Artillery,
when 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 and Arms.
The Regimental Mottoes and Arms were granted by King William IV in 1832.
Ubique - Everywhere,
Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt - 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.
The Regimental Tie is a zigzag red line on a blue background. The line represents the lightning
which, according to legend, killed Dioscorus in retribution for beheading his daughter Barbara for refusing to marry a heathen
suitor. Before her death she turned to Christianity and was later canonized. In the early ages St Barbara was
frequently invoked to grant safety during thunderstorms and on the advent of artillery, became the Patron Saint of Gunners.
The Following Regimental marches may be played at concerts, guest nights 'At Homes' and similar occasions
in the order given.
When only one Regimental march is played the Royal Artillery Slow March is to be used.
The Royal Artillery Quick March (from 1983 to date) - an arrangement of the British Grenadier 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
The Regimental Flag is flown for day-to-day use at Headquarters but is not carried on parade.
The following trumpet calls are authorised for the Royal Artillery:
The RA Regimental Call
The RHA Regimental Call
The King's Troop RHA Call
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
Affiliations and Bonds of Friendship. The Royal Regiment of Artillery has alliances with the
Artilleries of other nations and affiliations with other regiments and naval ships. Some batteries are able to wear
honorary distinctions in recognition of services in the field.
The Royal Artillery Collect.
The Royal Artillery Collect may be used on occastions when appropriate.
Lord Jesus Christ, who dost everywhere lead Thy people in the way of righteousness, vouchsafe so
to lead the Royal Regiment of Artillery that wherever we serve, on land or sea or in the air, we may win the glory of doing
Gun salutes are fired at set saluting stations as laid down in Queen's Regulations for the Army.
On other appropriate occasions a Feu-de-Joie may be fired when authorised.
The Royal Artillery Prayer.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who dost everywhere lead thy people in the way of righteousness,
so as to lead the Royal Regiment of Artillery,
That wherever we serve, on land or sea or in the air,
We may win the
glory of doing thy will