The Queen was all smiles as she marked 70 years of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the ceremonial unit created by her father King George VI.
Standing in a royal Range Rover, the Queen was driven past the unit, formed in October 1947 at the request of the King who wanted a troop of horse artillery to take part in major state and royal events.
The Troop’s 111 horses, stationed at Woolwich in London, are famed for firing gun salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions they also provide a gun carriage and a team of black horses at state and military funerals.
Equipped with 13-pounder field guns dating from the First World War, the soldiers are skilled equestrians who, when not performing ceremonial duties, can be deployed around the world on operations
After inspecting the ceremonial unit, the Queen took her place on a platform in Hyde Park to receive the royal salute of the servicemen and women as their guns and horses thundered past.
The King had requested the Troop be formed in the post-war period as the last batteries of horse drawn artillery were being mechanised and in October 1947 he inspected the new unit.
When signing the visitors' book after the ceremony George famously crossed out the unit's old name of Riding and inserted above it King's, so it read King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.
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