Royal Gun Salute for HM The Queen’s birthday
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the ceremonial saluting battery of the Household Division, fired a 41 Gun Royal Salute in The Green Park at midday on 21 April 2014, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 88th birthday.
An hour later at 1pm, The Honourable Artillery Company (City of London Army Reserve) fired a 62 Gun Royal Salute from Tower Wharf by the Tower of London. The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks at 1045 am and made their way up Birdcage Walk, past the Queen Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace, up Constitution Hill around Wellington Arch and through Hyde Park to The Green Park. The Guns are the Regiment’s colours so were afforded due respect throughout the route.
Before the horses’ arrival in The Green Park, the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company and Royal Yeomanry played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position. 71 horses pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns cantered into action from the north end of the Park and delivered the guns into position for the Royal Salute.
At the stroke of midday, in front of massed crowds, 41 rounds were fired at ten second intervals from the firing point next to Buckingham Palace. The Commanding Officer was Major Mark Edward RHA, and the Parade Commander was Captain John Gibson, the Adjutant. The horses and riders then collected the guns and escorted them back to Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk.
Images by Cpl Mark Larner; Crown Copyright