King’s Troop to mark The Queen’s Coronation tomorrow with 41 gun salute

  • The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will mark the 55th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation tomorrow with a gun salute.

    Tomorrow — Monday 2 June — the public can gather in Hyde Park, near the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, to watch the 75 horses and soldiers from the King’s Troop perform a Gun Salute.

    Shortly before midday six First World War guns, each drawn by Irish Draught horses, will form up in a line abreast, and embark on a 41 Gun Salute in her Majesty’s honour.

    Major Erica Bridge Commanding Officer of the King’s Troop, said: “This is one of a number of gun salutes we perform each year. Gun salutes will also be fired on 10 June to mark the birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh as well as at the conclusion of The Queen’s Birthday Parade on 14 June in Green Park.”

    The Kings Troop gained its name in 1947 when King George inspected the Riding Troop and wished it to be known as “His” Troop. After the Queen’s coronation she decided that this title should remain in her father’s honour.

    Now the Royal Horse Artillery — whose barracks are situated in St John’s Wood, London — takes precedence over all other Regiments when on parade with its guns.

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