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UK Armed Forces – State Opening of Parliament

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The Armed Forces put on a ceremonial display to match all others at yesterday's State Opening of Parliament. Many of the units taking part in the event had been involved in the London 2012 games, the Diamond Jubilee and various deployments to Afghanistan. In honour of the State Opening, as the Queen reached the House of Lords, a 41-gun salute was fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, supported by the Band of the Royal Artillery, in Green Park. A further 41-gun salute was be fired at midday at the Tower of London by the Army’s oldest regiment, The Honourable Artillery Company, which is part of the Territorial Army.

After The Queen’s Procession returned to Buckingham Palace, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery marched past Her Majesty, followed by the Sovereign’s Escort and Regalia Escort, formed by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Guard of Honour from the Grenadier Guards and the Welsh Guards. Among those taking part were The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, Nijmegan Company Grenadier Guards, Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards, F Company Scots Guards, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, four half companies of the Royal Air Force and four half companies of Royal Navy.


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