Queen Elizabeth to still visit Woolwich

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has vowed her visit to Woolwich Barracks will still go ahead next week.

The 87-year-old monarch was said to be “concerned” yesterday (22.05.13) following a shocking incident of apparent terrorism where two men carried out a savage murder on another man, believed to be soldier, outside the London military base.

However, royal representatives insisted she has no plans to cancel her visit to the site next week as her visit to the King’s Troop Royal Artillery has been planned for months.

The mounted unit relocated to Woolwich in February 2011 after previously being based in St. John’s Wood, north west London since its inception 65 years ago.

The King’s Troop Royal Artillery was created by the queen’s father George VI and takes part in the great ceremonies of state.

Its duties include firing royal salutes on major anniversaries. It also provides a gun carriage and horses for state and military funerals.

Royal officials say the queen is being kept informed of developments in Woolwich after news first broke of the incident when she was preparing to host the first Buckingham Palace garden party of 2013.