Royal Gun Salute to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday

April 22, 2015

Yesterday I was in Cardiff, Wales to cover the Royal Gun Salute. 

The weather couldn't of been any better! I usually work in the West Midlands but I was tasked to work in Wales for the day. 

Two Army regiments swapped roles during the Salute to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. Exercise Tarik Dragon saw an exchange between The Royal Gibraltar Regiment and 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Raglan Barracks, Newport.

I started off with a group shot in which The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Margaret Jones and the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Dr Beck took part. This was to be used in the local press in Gibraltar.

Thomson’s Battery The Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RG) fired the 21-Gun Salute at Cardiff Castle to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, while, in turn, 104 Regt RA fired the Royal Salute at Grand Battery House Gibraltar.

The iconic city landmark saw a good-sized crowd turn out to enjoy the occasion under a bright blue sky as musicians from The Band of The Queen's Division played before and after the salute at midday.

The 21-gun salute was be fired by three of the troop’s 105mm light guns using blank ammunition.