As infantry of the line, the 8th peacetime responsibilities included service overseas in garrisons ranging from British North America, the Ionian Islands, India, and the British West Indies. The duration of these varied considerably, sometimes exceeding a decade, its first tour of North America began in 1768. As a consequence of Childers reforms, the 8th became the Kings, a pre-existing affiliation with the city had derived from its depot being situated in Liverpool from 1873 because of the earlier Cardwell reforms. The regiment formed as the Princess Anne of Denmarks Regiment of Foot during a rebellion in 1685 by the son of King Charles II against King James II. His replacement as commanding officer was Colonel John Beaumont, who had earlier been dismissed with six officers for refusing to accept a draft of Catholics and it took part in the Siege of Carrickfergus in Ireland in 1689 and in the Battle of the Boyne the following year. Further actions, while under the command of John Churchill took place that year involving the regiment during the sieges of Limerick, Cork and Kinsale. For almost a decade, the regiment undertook garrison duties in England, Ireland, and the Dutch United Provinces, where it paraded for King William on Breda Heath in September 1701. The War of the Spanish Succession, predicated on a dispute between a Grand Alliance and France over who would succeed Charles II of Spain, reached the Low Countries in April 1702. Supporting Athlones army, the Queens Regiment fought near Nijmegen in an action during the Dutch Armys retreat between the Maas and Rhine rivers. He invaded the French-controlled Spanish Netherlands and presided over a series of sieges at Venlo, Roermond, Stevensweert, later in the year, the regiment assisted in the capture of Huy and Limbourg, but the campaigns in 1702 and 1703 nevertheless were largely indecisive. As an army of 40,000 men assembled, Marlboroughs elaborate programme of deception concealed his intentions from the French, the army invaded Bavaria on 2 July and promptly captured the Schellenberg after a devastating assault that included a contingent from the Queens. On 13 August, the Allies encountered a Franco-Bavarian army under the command of the duc de Tallard. The Queens Regiment, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Sutton, supported General Lord Cutts left wing, Blenheim had become congested with French soldiers and its streets filled with dead and wounded. About 13,000 French soldiers eventually surrendered, including Tallard, the effective collapse of Bavaria as a French ally and the capture of its most significant fortresses followed Blenheim by years end. After a period of recuperation and reinforcement in Nijmegen and Breda, in June, French Marshal Villeroi captured Huy and besieged Liège, forcing Marlborough to abort a campaign that lacked appreciable Allied support. The Queens helped to seize Neerwinden, Neerhespen, and the bridge at Elixheim, in May 1706, Villeroi, pressured by King Louis XIV to atone for Frances earlier defeats, initiated an offensive in the Low Countries by crossing the Dyle river. Marlborough engaged Villerois army near Ramillies on 23 May, along with 11 battalions and 39 squadrons of cavalry under Lord Orkney, the Queens fought initially in what transpired to be a feint attack on the left flank of the French lines. The feint convinced Villeroi to divert troops from the centre, while Marlborough had to use representatives to repeatedly instruct Orkney not to continue the attack, most of Orkneys battalions, including the Queens, redeployed to support Marlborough on the left
Cap badge of the 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot
Major engagements of the war between 1702 and 1711.