Although the formation of the Regiment goes back officially to the year 1859, it was preceded by a Volunteer Corps as early as 1798, when, in answer to the threat from France , the Corps of the Kensington Volunteer Association was enrolled. Presentation of Colours by the Duchess of Gloucester took place at an historic ceremony on Palace Green in May, 1799, immortalized in a painting by Frederick Countze, which now hangs in the Mayors Parlour at the Town Hall, Kensington. The Corps disbanded when the Treaty of Amiens was signed in 1802, but a year later the Kensington Corps of Volunteer Infantry was formed, which existed until 1814, under the command of Major Torriano.
The unbroken history of the Kensington Regiment -
A section of the Regiment went to South Africa with the City Imperial Volunteers in 1900, resulting in the first Battle Honour, " South Africa , 1900-
In 1909 the Regiment was made a "Line" regiment and received new Colours at the hands of HM King Edward VII at Windsor -
|1859 - 1908|
|1920 - 1939|
|1947 -19 67|