King’s Troop fires first public gun salute in 20 months

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King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41 Gun Salute to mark the birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales earlier this week.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery marked the birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales by firing a 41 round Gun Salute from six guns in Green Park at 1200hrs on Monday 15 November.

All personnel from the King’s Troop and the Honourable Artillery Company are undertaking this duty with a great degree of pride as they have been unable to fire full Royal Salutes in Royal Parks and in front of the general public and guests for 20 months.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic all duties, such as the coronation salute and HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, have had to be conducted behind closed doors.

For many gunners and horses from both units this is a momentous occasion, as new Gunners and horses need to face the test of public scrutiny in the Royal Parks for the first time.

All the hard work in training and learning their roles on parade are put to the test as they deliver what used to be their bread and butter, Royal Salutes in Royal Parks.

Photographer: Sergeant Donald C ToddRLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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