21-gun salute at Stirling Castle

November 15, 2018

Highland RFCA attended a Royal Gun Salute at Stirling Castle, hosted by the Royal Navy, to mark HRH The Duke of Rothesay’s 70th Birthday.  

 Major Robert Ronz, Battery Commander for D Battery, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery based in Albemarle Barracks in Newcastle, battled the elements and lead the 21-gun salute with military precision.

D Battery, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

 Reviewing officer for the 14 November event was Lord Provost of Stirling Christine Simpson. Music was provided by the band from the Royal Armoured Corps.

 Guests from organisations across Stirling were invited to attend including: Stirling Council and Scottish Water, with Captain Chris Smith, the Naval Regional Commander Scotland & Northern Ireland (NRCSNI), thanking them for braving the weather. He also thanked the Army for their help in organising the Salute.

Members of the band braved the wet weather.

 A short speech was given by Commander Bob Laverty, the Commanding Officer of HMS Forth, about the importance of local businesses supporting the Armed Forces community, and specifically supporting HMS Forth ­- a newly commissioned Offshore Patrol ship affiliated to the Stirling area.

Cdr Laverty said: “Having local businesses supply items like pillows, blankets and even Stirling street signs makes the ship feel more like home to the 60 crew. This is important when the ship is operating 320 days a year to defend the UK.”

Captain Smith thanks guests for coming.