Royal Salute

Royal Salute fired in Colchester Credit: 16 Air Assault Brigade

Airborne gunners have fired a Royal Salute in Colchester to mark The Queen’s Official Birthday.

A battery of six guns from Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.

The Band of The Parachute Regiment Credit: 16 Air Assault Brigade

Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, was the Inspecting Officer and the Band of The Parachute Regiment performed.

For the first time, a public viewing area was open in Lower Castle Park to allow the public to get closer to the guns and band.

Part of the birthday parade in Colchester Credit: 16 Air Assault Brigade

Major Justin Baker who commanded the guns, said:

“Firing a Royal Salute is a great honour and an opportunity to show the Battery in all its finery to the public. We’ve been rehearsing through the week and the men enjoyed performing for an appreciative crowd who joined us to send their congratulations to the Queen.”

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