21-Gun Salute marks Queen’s 90th birthday

April 22, 2016

The Queen’s 90th birthday was celebrated in style with a 21-gun salute at Stirling Castle. 

The event was hosted by HRFCA and Tayforth Universities Officers’ Training Corps whose officer cadets – under the watchful eye of the gunners of 212 (Highland) Bty, 105 Regt Royal Artillery, and their own Commanding Officer Lt Col Gregor Lindsay – fired the salute and provided music.

Principal guest at the Youth, Students and Education-themed event was Stirling Provost Councillor Mike Robbins who took the salute.

Other guests included Sir Peter Downes, the Principal of Dundee University; Margaret Munckton, the Principal of Perth College; Mark Batho, the vice-Principal (University Services) at Abertay University; Brigadier Gary Deakin, the Commander of 51st Infantry Brigade, and student union/association representatives from Stirling and Dundee.

Guests were welcomed into the Regimental Museum of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders by HRFCA Chief Executive Brigadier Mark Dodson and given a talk on the history of gun salutes by Major Lee Patchell of TUOTC.

Guests then moved outside to watch the perfectly-executed salute which was carried out on a memorably sunny and warm Spring day.

Following the firing Provost Robbins, Lt Col Lindsay and Maj Patchell thanked and inspected the crews.

The April 21 ceremony was rounded off with three cheers for Her Majesty and a light lunch back at the museum.

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