Gunners and musicians joined forces in Colchester today to send 90th birthday greetings to Her Majesty The Queen.

With several hundred spectators watching, a battery of six guns from Colchester-based G Parachute Battery (Mercer’s Troop), 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.

Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, was the Inspecting Officer as the Queen’s representative in the county and The Band of The Royal Anglian Regiment performed.

Lieutenant Colonel Ciaran Griffin OBE, Commander of Colchester Garrison, said:

“It is a great privilege and honour for Colchester Garrison, and the town of Colchester, to be a Royal Saluting station.

Lieutenant Colonel Ciaran Griffin OBE
The 21 gun salute fired in Colchester today to mark the Queen's 90th birthday Credit: MoD

The guns fired were 105 mm Light Guns, the same type used by 7 Para RHA for its operational role in the Air Assault Task Force, which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice for operations ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.

It is the tenth time that a Royal Salute has been fired in Colchester since the town was designated a saluting station in 2006.