The Return Home

The 16th Light Dragoons were returned to England in December 1815 and in February 1816 embarked for Ireland and re-designated as lancers. In 1821 they moved to Sheffield; whilst serving there the Regiment came into direct conflict with the monarch King George IV. Since adopting the title of a 'Queen's Regiment' the 16th Lancers had always been fiercely loyal to the King's consort. George IV had a particularly bad relationship with his consort, Queen Caroline. The dispute came to a head at the King's coronation, as the King did not wish his consort to accompany him. The 16th regularly and publicly toasted the Queen to demonstrate their loyalty to her. It was said that when the King heard this he was furious and had the Regiment posted to India in June 1822, where they remained for twenty-four years.