Queen Elizabeth marks 300th Royal Artillery anniversary
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth marked the 300th anniversary of the Royal Artillery on Thursday (26.05.16).
The 90-year-old monarch was greeted by a 21-gun salute as she attended the Royal Regiment of Artillery’s headquarters on the edge of the Salisbury Plain, southern England.
Elizabeth also praised the British Army Gunners, saying they should be “proud” of all the work they put in.
She said: “In all the theatres of war and in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions throughout the world, you have served with great distinction, especially so in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It has indeed been a demanding period, for Gunners of all ranks and for your families who have so closely supported you. You should be rightly proud of your achievements.”
The queen was treated to several weaponry parades while sitting in her custom-build Range Rover alongside the Master Gunner General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman.
She was driven past armoured vehicles and other Royal Artillery equipment used in combat.
The monarch also took in a cascade of rifle fire known as a “feu de joie” which was performed by six AS90 self-propelled guns.
Such an event is usually performed by a line of soldiers.