Gun Salute marks HM The King’s birthday

November 16, 2022
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His Majesty King Charles III’s 74th birthday was celebrated with a Royal Gun Salute at Stirling Castle on November 14.

Royal Gun Salutes were fired across the UK to celebrate His Majesty The King’s birthday, marking the first formal Salute since becoming King. The Army in Scotland hosted one of the two events taking place in Scotland, with the 21-Gun Salute in Stirling fired by Officer Cadets from Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC). 105 Regiment Royal Artillery was on hand to support the UOTCs with the 105mm L118 guns.

Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, Alan Simpson Esquire, was the Reviewing Officer. He was accompanied by his Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Arran Scott from Queen Victoria School’s Combined Cadet Force.

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The military hosts (left) and Reviewing Officer (right) ahead of the Salute being fired.

The Salute was fired at noon, with the pre-Salute reception and subsequent buffet lunch taking place in the Colours Room of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum.

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The UOTCs and 105 Regiment firing the Salutes.

The theme of the event was ‘The British Army in Scottish Communities’. Guests from organisations across Scotland were invited to attend, including Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, Forth Valley College, North Lanarkshire Council, Perth and Kinross Council and Stirling Council.

51st Infantry Brigade & Headquarters Scotland’s Commander Brigadier Ben Wrench, Staff Officer First Class (Engagement) Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark, Staff Officer Second Class (Youth, Under-Represented and STEM) Major Heather Lawrie and Staff Officer Second Class (Influence) Major Evan Irvine supported the event as the military hosts.

Music was provided by The Bands of HM Royal Marines and Piper Corporal McWhinnie from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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The Bands of HM Royal Marines performing.