The Queen's
(Royal West Surrey) Regiment Re-enactment Society

Bringing Victorian Surrey to Life



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Welcome to the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Re-enactment Society website.


We are a Guildford based re-enactment society founded in 2003, and we are unique in portraying both the regular and volunteer battalions of one of the British Army's oldest regiments.

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment was founded in 1661 as the Tangier Regiment, and still exists today as part of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.

We portray the Regiment as it would have been in the Victorian era, in 1879 and 1883.

We usually represent one or both of the following battalions:

  • The 2nd Battalion, based in India in 1879
  • The 2nd Volunteer Battalion, based in Guildford in 1883

This allows us to show the regiment both at home, as seen by the local townsfolk of the era, and the more widely recognised regiment on campaign, iconic in their scarlet tunics and instantly recognizable all across the world. We also portray other aspects of the regiment, such as the soldier's wives and sweethearts, and the camp followers.


As a re-enactment society, we travel across the country to take part in battle re-enactments and living history events, where we aim to bring the Victorian Soldier to life - allowing the public a glimpse into the Victorian military.


We often work alongside other Victorian era re-enactment groups with the common goal to create a bigger and better display. In our photos you may catch glimpses of soldiers from other regiments alongside us, just as soldiers from different regimets would have stood side by side on the battlefield or in the barracks at home.


If you have any questions about our society, or are interested in joining us, please use the links at the top to get in touch.