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Two Army regiments swapped roles during a Royal Gun 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.

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.

Major Ian Martinez, Quartermaster (Technical) for RG, said: "This is such a privilege because it's the first time we've had the pleasure to fire a Royal salute here at Cardiff Castle. We've experienced salutes at the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle before, but not in Wales, so this is a nice first for us.

"We have a good connection with 104Rgt so it made sense for us to arrange such an exchange."

Captain Helen Jasper, Officer Commanding 104Rt RA, C Troop 211 Battery, said: "The total number for each exchange was about 30 personnel and there is great pride in what we do. This has been a good experience for both units."

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Margaret Jones and the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Dr Beck attended.

The troops are all members of the Army Reserve and take great pride in wearing the number one ceremonial dress uniform of the Glamorgan Yeomanry. C Troop 211 Battery forms part of the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers), whose headquarters is located at Raglan Barracks in Newport.

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

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC